OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Liatris helleri   FAMILY Asteraceae__   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Liatris helleri   FAMILY Asteraceae__

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Liatris helleri

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-30-006:
Liatris helleri   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Laciniaria helleri

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Blazing-star, Heller's Blazing-star


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image of Liatris helleri, Smooth Blazing-star, Heller's Blazing-star

Will Stuart    wil_5980190656_af1483f09d

        

A rare species limited to small scattered populations in mtns of NC, VA & WV, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Liatris helleri, Smooth Blazing-star, Heller's Blazing-star

Will Stuart    wil5980190656_af1483f09db

July    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

Heads of 7-10 disk flowers subtended by several series of overlapping bracts, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Liatris helleri, Smooth Blazing-star, Heller's Blazing-star

Keith Bradley    kab_liatris_helleri_10488

August    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

image of Liatris helleri, Smooth Blazing-star, Heller's Blazing-star

Keith Bradley    kab_liatris_helleri_10493

August    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

Upright stems to 16" tall, stem leaves gradually reduced in size, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Liatris helleri   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Liatris helleri   FAMILY Asteraceae__

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Liatris helleri

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-30-006:
Liatris helleri   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Laciniaria helleri

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

822

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina

Rare (an endemic)

Habitat: High elevation rock outcrops, sometimes on ledges of precipitous cliffs, rocky openings in heath balds, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate & basal rosette

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Disc: Purplish-blue
Rays: Absent
Bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blackish
Achene

 

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