Photographer: John M. Schoeneker
Liatris pycnostachya Michx.
prairie blazing-star, thick-spike blazing-star, thick-spike gay-feather
Liatris: meaning lost in antiquity
pycnostachya: from Greek pyhnos meaning "dense" or "thick"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 2'-4' tall forb; leafy stems hairy to inflorescence|
|Flower: ||head 1/2" wide with 5-7 pink flowers, bracts (phyllaries) tapering to pointed, spreading tips; inflorescence with many stalkless heads in a dense spike; blooms July-Sept.|
|Fruit:||dry seed on fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||alternate, linear, up to 1/2" wide|
|Habitat: ||full sun; moderate moisture to wet; meadows, prairies; in sandy, loamy soil|