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  Liatris pycnostachya Michx. image
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Family Asteraceae
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"
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Status: Native
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
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Lacinaria bebbiana Rydb.
Lacinaria pycnostachya (Michx.) Kuntze
Liatris pycnostachya Michx. f. hubrichti E.S.Anderson

         
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