Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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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

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Liatris list Ethnobotany Information Google- Images or Text

Flora of North America (off site)
Lacinaria bebbiana Rydb.
Lacinaria pycnostachya (Michx.) Kuntze
Liatris pycnostachya Michx. f. hubrichti E.S.Anderson

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