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Liatris spicata var. spicata

Liatris spicata (L.) Willd. var. spicata

Dense Blazing Star, Florist Gayfeather, Marsh Gayfeather

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Lacinaria spicata

USDA Symbol: LISPS

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

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 5 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: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: No ray florets present, only disc florets. Numerous flowers are crowded on a long spike, each flower with 4-12 florets.

Distribution

USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WI , WV
Canada: ON , QC

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2019-03-29
Research By: CBR

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