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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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PINKSCALE BLAZING STAR
A wildflower of sandhills and mesic longleaf pinelands in the panhandle and northern peninsula south to Flagler County on the east coast and Sumter and Pasco Counties on the west side of the state. The range extends through the southeastern coastal states from South Carolina to Texas, plus Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Liatris elegans has plumose pappus bristles, four to six flowers per head, with the heads all arranged in a terminal cluster. The flowers are pink, ranging in shade from white to purple, appearing in September and October. The finely haired stem can be up to 122 cm (4 ft.) tall with the lowest leaves linear and the upper leaves reduced and alternate.
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 spicata - DENSE GAYFEATHER
View Liatris ohlingerae - FLORIDA GAYFEATHER
View Liatris gracilis - SLENDER GAYFEATHER