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Liatris aspera var. intermedia (Intermediate rough gayfeather)
Lewis, A. D.

Liatris aspera var. intermedia

Liatris aspera Michx. var. intermedia (Lunell) Gaiser

Intermediate Rough Gayfeather, Intermediate Rough Blazing Star, Intermediate Rough Liatris, Tall Gayfeather, Tall Blazing Star, Tall Liatris

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Lacinaria squarrosa var. intermedia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Herbaceous perennial with one to several stems ascending from a 2-5 cm diameter corm. Stems and upper leaves typically rough. Leaves linear to linear-lanceolate, smooth. Inflorescence spiciform. Heads globose and ascending or horizontal. Flowers typically purple. On sandy or rocky soils on prairies and in woodlands.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
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
Inflorescence: Spike
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NY , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Canada: ON
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 Conditions

Water 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.


Use Ornamental: Landscape plant for gardens with sandy soils.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Propagation Material: Seeds


Bibref 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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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Liatris aspera var. intermedia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Liatris aspera var. intermedia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Liatris aspera var. intermedia


Record Modified: 2022-12-29
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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