Synonym(s): Lacinaria graminifolia, Lacinaria pilosa, Liatris graminifolia, Liatris graminifolia var. dubia, Liatris graminifolia var. lasia, Liatris pilosa var. lasia, Liatris pilosa var. pilosa
Image ID: 8182
Image by: Parkins, Grant Morrow
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Liatris pilosa
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Last Modified: 2019-10-24
GENUS CODE: LIATR GENUS SCIENTIFIC:Liatris GENUS AUTHORITY: Gaertn. ex Schreb. GENUS COMMON: Blazing star GENUS SUMMARY: A genus of 40-50 species, herbs, of e. and c. North America. GENUS IDENTIFICATION: GENUS REFERENCES: Nesom in FNA (2006c); Gaiser (1946)=Z; Cronquist (1980)=SE; Stucky & Pyne (1990); Godfrey (1948)=Y; Stucky (1991); Stucky (1992); Mayfield (2002). Key adapted in large part from FNA.
FAMILY CODE: ASTERA FAMILY SCIENTIFIC:Asteraceae FAMILY AUTHORITY: Dumortier 1822 or COMPOSITAE Giseke 1792 FAMILY COMMON: Aster Family FAMILY SUMMARY: A family of about 1500-1700 genera and 20,000-25,000 species, shrubs, herbs, trees, and vines, cosmopolitan in distribution. FAMILY REFERENCE: Cronquist (1980)=SE throughout family treatment.
INTRO:Erectperennial of longleaf pine sandhills, pine barrens, shale barrens, other dry forests and woodlands, fields and road banks. STEMS: Stems unbranched, with fine, dark green ridges; usually smooth (occasionally furry). LEAVES: Leaves basal (withered by flowering) and alternate on the stem,linear, 2-10 in. long (reduced upward), gland-dotted, smooth but with scattered hairs along the margins. INFLORESCENCE: FLOWERS:Composite flowers (heads) densely arranged along a spike; heads about 1/2 in. tall, sessile or stalked, composed of 5-15 pinkish-purple, 5-lobed disk florets with protruding style branches and hairs within the tube. Purple-tinged, green bracts tightly cover the cylindricbase of each head. FRUITS:Fruit a cluster of tufted achenes. COMMENTS: HEIGHT: 1-3 ft. DURATION:
Alternate, Basal LEAF COMPLEXITY:
Simple LEAF RETENTION: FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
BLOOM TIME: Aug-Oct
BLOOM COLOR: Pinkish-purple
FRUITING PERIOD: DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE: Disturbed, Dry forests, Sandhills
NATIVE RANGE: eastern United States HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: If you want to attract butterflies, shaggy blazing star is a great perennial to add to your garden. Its spikes of purple flowers bloom in late summer to early fall and provide a late-season nectar source. The thin foliage provides a nice contrast to broadleaf plants.Shaggy blazing star is native to the sandhills and commonly can be seen along roadsides. It thrives in average to dry soil and tolerates drought once established.
USDA Symbol: LIPI7
USDA Common Name: Shaggy Blazing Star
Native Status: L48 (N)
Distribution: USA (AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, MD, NC, NJ, PA, SC, VA, WV)
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Liatris pilosa
SYNONYMY: [= FNA, K, Va; = Liatris graminifolia - C, G; > Liatris graminifolia var. graminifolia - F; > Liatris graminifolia var. lasia Fernald & Griscom - F; > Liatris graminifolia var. racemosa (A.P. de Candolle) Venard - F, WV; < Liatris graminifolia Willdenow - RAB, SE, W (also see Liatris virgata) ; = Laciniaria graminifolia (Walter) Kuntze - S; > Liatris graminifolia var. dubia (Barton) A. Gray - WV, Y, Z; > Liatris graminifolia var. typica - Y, Z]
PHENOLOGY: (Aug-) Sep-Oct (-Nov).
HABITAT: Longleaf pine sandhills, pine barrens, other xeric forests and woodlands, fields, roadbanks.
COMMENTS: NJ, DE, and PA south to SC.
RANGE MAP: Liatris pilosa.png
Key to Map SymbolsABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora) Asteraceae Dumortier 1822 or COMPOSITAE Giseke 1792 (Aster Family) SUMMARY: A family of about 1500-1700 genera and 20,000-25,000 species, shrubs, herbs, trees, and vines, cosmopolitan in distribution. REFERENCE: Cronquist (1980)=SE throughout family treatment.ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora) Liatris Gaertn. ex Schreb. (Blazing star) SUMMARY: A genus of 40-50 species, herbs, of e. and c. North America. REFERENCE: Nesom in FNA (2006c); Gaiser (1946)=Z; Cronquist (1980)=SE; Stucky & Pyne (1990); Godfrey (1948)=Y; Stucky (1991); Stucky (1992); Mayfield (2002). Key adapted in large part from FNA.
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