Wild Florida Photo - Liatris spicata

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Liatris spicata

DENSE GAYFEATHER

DENSE BLAZING STAR

MARSH BLAZING STAR

Florida native

 

Occassional plant of sandhills and flatwoods throughout most of Florida. The range extends from Louisiana to Wisconsin eastward except extreme northeast New England.
Dense blazing star has a smooth or nearly smooth stem typically a meter tall or more. The many heads of purple florets are sessile in a spikelike raceme. Leaves are alternate, linear, smooth or nearly so and non-cilliate at the base. The lower stem leaves are largest.

 
Liatris spicata is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.

Other species of the Liatris genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Liatris tenuifolia - SHORTLEAF BLAZING STAR
  View  Liatris provincialis - GODFREY'S BLAZING STAR
  View  Liatris ohlingerae - FLORIDA GAYFEATHER
  View  Liatris elegans - PINKSCALE GAYFEATHER
  View  Liatris gracilis - SLENDER GAYFEATHER