Liatris cylindracea Michx.
Ontario blazing star, Ontario gayfeather, Ontario liatris, Dwarf blazing star, Dwarf gayfeather, Dwarf liatris
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Lacinaria cylindracea
USDA Symbol: LICY
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , DE , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MI , MN , MO , NY , OH , TN , WI
Native Distribution: W. NY to OH & s.e MN, s. to AL & AR
Native Habitat: Prairies; dry, open places
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, limey soils.
Conditions Comments: Volunteer seedlings can be abundant.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Scarified seeds may be sown outside in late fall or stored, stratified and sown the following spring. Some sources suggest spring seedlings will appear by simply laying the flowering stalk in an outdoor seedbed and covering with 1/2 in. of soil in the fa
Seed Collection: Wait until the flower heads on the entire stalk have turned fluffy tan before collecting. Bring the stalks inside to air-dry then shake or brush the nutlets from the heads. Seeds can be stored with chaff in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: Scarification (lightly nick with knife) and dry stratification (3 months at 40 degrees).
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
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Bibliography* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Liatris cylindracea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Liatris cylindracea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Liatris cylindracea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-09-24
Research By: TWC Staff