Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


822

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare (an endemic)

Look for it on high elevation rock outcrops, sometimes on ledges of precipitous cliffs, rocky openings in heath balds, shale barrens, 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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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Liatris helleri   FAMILY Asteraceae__

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Liatris helleri   FAMILY Asteraceae__

GREATER THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-30-006:
Liatris helleri   FAMILY Asteraceae__

GREATER THAN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (1968)
Liatris turgida

GREATER THAN PLANTS National Database
Liatris turgida

 

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


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image of Liatris helleri

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

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

Keith Bradley    kab_liatris_helleri_10488

August    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

image of Liatris helleri

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.