Liatris tenuifolia Nutt.
Shortleaf Blazing Star, Slender Blazing Star, Shortleaf Gayfeather, Shortleaf Liatris, Fineleaf Blazing Star, Fineleaf Gayfeather, Fineleaf Liatris
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: LITE6
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , FL , GA , 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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Research LiteratureReslit 1676 - Effects of re-introducing fire to a central Florida sandhill community (2004) K. O. Reinhart and E. S. Menges
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Liatris tenuifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Liatris tenuifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2017-12-20
Research By: TWC Staff