Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in SC)

Look for it in prairies, roadsides, seepages, bogs, grassy balds, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate & basal

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blackish
Achene

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Liatris spicata var. spicata   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Liatris spicata var. spicata   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-30-001a:
Liatris spicata var. spicata   FAMILY Asteraceae__

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Lacinaria spicata

 

COMMON NAME:
Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_lasp5_001_lvd

        

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm160430_614

April    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm110522_612

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm120506_573

May    Oconee County    SC

Leaves 3-5 veined. Basal & lower cauline leaves 4-10(20)mm wide, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm120506_589

May    Oconee County    SC

Leaves narrowly linear, about 16" long at the plant's base, shorter upwards, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm120623_227b

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Flower heads in a spiciform arrangement; (4)6-8(12) florets per head, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm0507l_22

July    Oconee County    SC

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm070703_049

July    Summers County    WV

Sandstone Visitors Center

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_spicata

July        

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Steve Marlow    snm070703d101_024

July    Summers County    WV

Sandstone Visitors Center

Unlike many plants, Liatris flowers downward from the top [determinate], per Book of Field and Roadside.

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm0408j_02

August    Oconee County    SC

Chief pollinators are long-tongued insects, per Book of Field and Roadside.

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm0408j_18

August    Oconee County    SC

Cauline leaves usually gradually reduced in size distally, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm0408k_12

August    Oconee County    SC

Narrow, leafy, typically unbranched stems may reach heights of 6' or more, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_liatris_spicata_7

September        

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JK Marlow    jkm0410p_16

October    Oconee County    SC