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Liatris cylindracea Michx.
Ontario blazing star, Ontario gayfeather, Dwarf blazing star
USDA Symbol: LICY
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
An 8-24 in., stout, erect perennial with rough, linear leaves and a long raceme composed of up to 150 magenta-purple flowerheads.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Aug
AL , AR , DE , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MI , MN , MO , NY , OH , TN , WI Canada: ON Native Distribution:
W. NY to OH & s.e MN, s. to AL & AR Native Habitat:
Prairies; dry, open places USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, limey soils.
Conditions Comments: Volunteer seedlings can be abundant.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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:
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Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff