Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Liatris spicata (L.) Willd. image
Photographer: Paul Drobot           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Caroline A. Creevey

Hugh H. Iltis

Paul Drobot

Robert Bierman

Kurt Stüber
Family Asteraceae
Liatris spicata (L.) Willd.
dense gay-feather, marsh blazing-star, marsh gay-feather, sessile blazing-star, sessile-headed blazing-star
Liatris: meaning lost in antiquity
spicata: spiked
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Status: Special Concern
Plant: erect, perennial, 2'- 6 1/2' tall forb; leafy stems usually smooth
Flower: head 1/2" wide with 6-10 pink disk flowers, bracts (phyllaries) rounded with spreading tips; inflorescence with many stalkless heads in dense spikes; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Fruit:dry seed on fluffy pappus
Leaf:alternate, linear, up to 3/4" wide
Habitat: full sun; moderate moisture to moist; prairies, meadows; in sandy, loamy soil

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