Photographer: Robert Bierman
Liatris ligulistylis (A.Nelson) K.Schum.
northern plains blazing-star, showy blazing-star
Liatris: meaning lost in antiquity
ligulistylis: ligula for "tongue;" stylos for "style;" hence "tongue-like style"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 3'-5' tall forb; stems usually smooth and with 8-100 leaves below the inflorescence|
|Flower: ||head with 30-100 pink to purple disk flowers, uppermost head the largest, middle bracts (phyllaries) with wide, irregularly-cut edges; inflorescence with 3 to 10 heads in a spike-like cluster; blooms Aug.-Sept.|
|Fruit:||dry seed on fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||alternate, long, up to 1 1/2" wide, lower leaves long-stalked|
|Habitat: ||full sun; moderate moisture to moist; prairies, meadows, streambanks; in loamy soil|