Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


825

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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image of Liatris spicata var. spicata, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

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

        

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

JK Marlow    jkm160430_614

April    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

JK Marlow    jkm110522_612

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

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, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

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, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

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, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

JK Marlow    jkm0507l_22

July    Oconee County    SC

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

JK Marlow    jkm070703_049

July    Summers County    WV

Sandstone Visitors Center

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_spicata

July        

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

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, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

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, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

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, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

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, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_liatris_spicata_7

September        

image of Liatris spicata var. spicata, Dense Blazing-star, Mountain Blazing-star, Florist's Gayfeather, Dense Gayfeather

JK Marlow    jkm0410p_16

October    Oconee County    SC