Liatris aspera var. intermedia
Liatris aspera Michx. var. intermedia (Lunell) Gaiser
Intermediate Rough Gayfeather, Tall Blazingstar
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Lacinaria squarrosa var. intermedia
USDA Symbol: LIASI
Herbaceous perennial with one to several stems ascending from a 2-5cm diameter corm. Stems 16-40 (-70) inches. Stems and upper leaves typically rough. Leaves linear to linear-lanceolate, smooth. Inflorescence spiciform. Heads globose and ascending or horizontal. Flowers typically purple. Flowers July to October. On sandy or rocky soils on prairies and in woodlands.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Tuberous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Lanceolate , Linear
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Apex: Acute
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Class: 1-3 ft. , 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NY , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NY, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV, CAN (ON)
Native Habitat: Sandy or rocky soils in woodlands and on prairies.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8) , Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Sandy or rocky soils.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Landscape plant for gardens with sandy soils.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
BibliographyBibref 599 - Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (1968) Radford, A., H. Ahles & C.R. Bell
Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-09-14
Research By: JAM