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Liatris tenuifolia Nutt.
Short-leaf gayfeather, Shortleaf blazing star
USDA Symbol: lite6
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The long spikes of tufted, lavender flower heads, which bloom from the top down, may occupy up to 20 in. of the 3-6 ft. flower stalk.
The Fineleaf Blazing Star is a member of the aster family (family Asteraceae), which includes herbs, sometimes shrubs or vines, rarely trees, with simple or compound, alternate or opposite leaves. Flowers small, but organized into larger heads resembling a single, radially symmetrical flower cupped by a ring of green bracts.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
, SC Native Distribution:
Coastal plain from FL
to SC Native Habitat:
Dry pinelands or turkey oak woods; dunes; roadsides
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy or gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff