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Liatris microcephala (Smallhead blazing star)
Cressler, Alan

Liatris microcephala

Liatris microcephala (Small) K. Schum.

Smallhead Blazing Star, Smallhead Gayfeather, Smallhead Liatris

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Lacinaria microcephala

USDA Symbol: LIMI7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Linear
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Usually lavender to dark magenta or pinkish purple, sometimes white.


USA: AL , GA , KY , NC , SC

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Liatris microcephala in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Liatris microcephala in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Liatris microcephala


Record Modified: 2022-09-29
Research By: SET

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