Image ID: 9234
Image by: Ware, Richard & Teresa
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Liatris squarrosa
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Last Modified: 2023-09-23
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 found in dry woodlands, glades and barrens. STEMS: Stems unbranched, hairy or smooth. LEAVES: Leaves alternate, broadly linear, 4-9 in. long (reduced upward), mostly smooth. INFLORESCENCE: FLOWERS:Composite flowers (heads) sparsely arranged along a slightly zigzagged terminal spike; heads 1/2-3/4 in. wide; composed of 10-60 purple-pink, 5-lobed disk florets surrounded by red, feathery bristles and with 2 protruding style branches. spreading or erect,smooth or hairy, green bracts surround the cylindricbase of each head. FRUITS:Fruit a cluster of tufted achenes. COMMENTS: HEIGHT: 1-2 1/2 ft. DURATION:
Alternate, Basal LEAF COMPLEXITY: LEAF RETENTION:
Deciduous FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
BLOOM TIME: May-Sep
BLOOM COLOR: Purple-pink
FRUITING PERIOD: DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE: Dry forests, Outcrops and glades, Woods margins
NATIVE RANGE: eastern United States HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: Scaly Blazing-star has narrower foliage than other Liatris, as well as shorter flowering stalks. This species is typically upright, robust, and multibranched in habit. A mature plant produces hundreds of flowers. The species name squarrosa refers to the spreading tips of its involucral bracts. It is most commonly seen growing in dry open areas and along roadsides of the piedmont.
This southeastern native perennial is a favorite of butterflies who feed upon its nectar.
Bloom Table Text:
MINIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 3
MAXIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 9
Bee Friendly, Butterfly Friendly, Hummingbird Friendly
USDA Symbol: LISQ
USDA Common Name: Scaly Blazing Star
Native Status: L48 (N)
Distribution: USA (AL, AR, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WV)
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
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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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)