OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

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


INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Liatris helleri   FAMILY Asteraceae__

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Liatris turgida

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

INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968)
Liatris turgida

 

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 (5/21/15):
Liatris helleri   FAMILY Asteraceae__

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Liatris helleri   FAMILY Asteraceae__

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Liatris turgida

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

INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968)
Liatris turgida

 

Find by scientific name:

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

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

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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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