prairie blazing star

(Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

Conservation Status
prairie blazing star (var. pycnostachya)
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
Wetland Indicator Status
     
  Great Plains

FAC - Facultative

     
  Midwest

FAC - Facultative

     
  Northcentral & Northeast

FAC - Facultative

     
           
 
Description
 
 

The stems are hairy below the inflorescence.

The inflorescence is a densely crowded spike with numerous, stalkless flower heads, each head having 5 to 7 flowers. The flower bracts spread outward, taper to a sharp point and form concave sides along the tip.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

24 to 48

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

Pink

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
 

Dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata) stems are hairless.

 
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Dry to moderately moist, or wet. Prairies, meadows.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

July to September

 
     
 
Use
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 28.

 
  4/24/2020      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (dicots)  
  Superorder Asteranae  
 

Order

Asterales (sunflowers, bellflowers, fanflowers, and allies)  
 

Family

Asteraceae (sunflowers, daisies, asters, and allies)  
  Subfamily Asteroideae  
  Supertribe Helianthodae  
  Tribe Eupatorieae (bonesets, blazingstars, and allies)  
  Subtribe Liatrinae  
  Genus Liatris (blazing star, gayfeather)  
  Species Liatris pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)  
 

 

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Lacinaria pycnostachya

Liatris bebbiana

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

button snakeroot

cat-tail gayfeather

cattail gayfeather

great blazing star

prairie blazing star

thick-spike blazing star

thick-spike gayfeather

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Plant

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Inflorescence

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Flowers

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Leaves

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Late Spring

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Slideshows
   
  Liatris pychostachya PRAIRIE BLAZING STAR
Frank Mayfield
 
  Liatris pychostachya PRAIRIE BLAZING STAR  
     
  L. pycnostachya
Joshua Mayer
 
  L. pycnostachya  
 
About

Prairie Blazing Star

 
     
  Liatris pycnostachya / Prairie Blazing Star
MySeedz
 
   
 
About

Published on Feb 11, 2014

Enjoy these beautiful flowers

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  Blazing Star and Bumble Bees
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About

Published on Jul 7, 2013

Liatris pycnostachya - Prairie Blazing Star

   
       
  Really Cool Liatris
Longfield Gardens
 
   
 
About

Published on Jun 7, 2012

Liatris are summer-blooming bulbs that you plant in fall. They are the rare summer bulb that is winter hardy. With fluffy flowers and upright stalks, they are great alone and also play well with others in the garden.

   
       

 

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MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings
         

Anna Gronseth Prairie

Blaine Preserve SNA

Buffalo River State Park

Cambria WMA

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

Chippewa Prairie

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

Dodge Nature Center

Felton Prairie SNA, Bicentennial Unit

Felton Prairie SNA, Shrike Unit

Felton WMA

Foxhome Prairie

Glendalough State Park

Glynn Prairie SNA

Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie

Hythecker Prairie SNA

Iron Horse Prairie SNA

John Murtaugh Memorial WMA

Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA

Kettledrummer Prairie

Kilen Woods State Park

Lake Bronson State Park

Lake Louise State Park

Langhei Prairie SNA

Leif Mountain

Lost Valley Prairie SNA

Margherita Preserve-Audubon Prairie

Miller Prairie, West Unit

Myre-Big Island State Park

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Hoffman Unit

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Pavia Unit

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Spieker Unit

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Touch the Sky Prairie Unit

Ordway Prairie

Otter Tail Prairie SNA

Pankratz Memorial Prairie, North Unit

Pembina Trail Preserve SNA, Crookston Prairie Unit

Pembina Trail Preserve SNA, Pembina Trail Unit

Plover Prairie, East Unit

Prairie Creek WMA, Koester Prairie Unit

Regal Meadow

Rice Lake State Park

Richard M. & Mathilde Rice Elliott SNA

Roscoe Prairie SNA

St. Croix Savanna SNA

Sandpiper Prairie SNA

Santee Prairie SNA

Savage Fen SNA

Schaefer Prairie

Sedan Brook SNA

Seven Sisters Prairie

Shooting Star Prairie SNA

Sibley State Park

Split Rock Creek State Park

Spring Prairie Preserve

Staffanson Prairie

Strandness Prairie

Thorson Prairie WMA

Tribute WMA

Twin Valley Prairie Addition

Twin Valley Prairie SNA

Tympanuchus Prairie

Verlyn Marth Memorial Prairie SNA

Vermillion River WMA

Western Prairie SNA

Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Zimmerman Prairie

 

 

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