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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Liatris elegans (Walter) Michx.
Blazing star, Gay feather, Pink-scale gayfeather, Pinkscale blazing star
USDA Symbol: LIEL
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Gay feather is a slender, unbranched plant, 1-4 feet tall. Its narrow leaves, much like pine needles, are about 3 inches long, whorled around the stem. The flower spike is 6-20 inches long, blooming from the top downward. Flowers are purple to pale lavender-pink, about 1/2 inch long. There are no ray flowers, but long, petal-like bracts the same color as the disk flowers are often mistaken for them.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
1-4 Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
, TX Native Distribution:
Coastal states SC
inland to AR
& OK Native Habitat:
Prairies; pinelands; well-drained, sandy sites
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, sandy or rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Wildlife: Liatris spp. attract butterflies.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1151
Collected 2006-11-13 in Harrison County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2007-06-30
Research By: TWC Staff