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Liatris spicata (L.) Willd.
DENSE BLAZING STAR
Marsh blazing-star

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Liatris spicata, Dense Blazing Star
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Liatris spicata, whole plant - in flower - general view
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Associates · map
FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Aphididae  Myzus ( @ NCSU (4)
Botryosphaeriaceae  Phyllosticta liatridis @ BPI (1)
Hesperiidae  Thorybes bathyllus @ I_RPY (2)

Wallengrenia otho @ I_RPY (1)
Megachilidae  Megachile pugnata @ AMNH_BEE (1)
Pucciniaceae  Puccinia poarum @ BPI (2)

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Liatris spicata (L.) Willd.

Liatris spicata plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems - To +80cm tall, herbaceous, glabrous(or very sparsely pubescent), simple, single or multiple from the base.

Leaves - Alternate, grass-like, to 2cm broad, 30cm long, reduced upward, glabrous or very sparsely pubescent, sessile.

Inflorescence - A terminal spike to 30cm tall (long). At least lowest flower heads subtended by a small foliaceous bract. Heads fairly dense.

Liatris spicata inflorescence

Involucre - To 1cm broad, +1cm tall. Phyllaries appressed, with scarious margins, tips rounded.

Liatris spicata involucre Involucre.

Ray flowers - Absent.

Disk flowers - Typically 3-18 flowers per head. Corolla tubular, rose to purple, glabrous internally. Pappus of capillary bristles.

Liatris spicata flowers Flowers.

Liatris spicata floret Floret.

Flowering - June - September.

Habitat - Meadows, slopes. Also cultivated.

Origin - Native to Eastern U.S.

Other info.  - This species is not native to Missouri but is often cultivated here and escaped.
The non-flowering plants greatly resemble grass clumps. The spikes of L. spicata slightly resemble those of L. pycnostachya but L. spicata has phyllaries which are appressed and obtuse instead of recurving and acuminate.
L. lancifolia (Greene) Kittell. is a very similar plant and the two may be synonymous with each other.

Photograph taken at the Kansas City Zoo, 6-28-99, and in Marquette, MI., 9-5-2003.


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Liatris spicata (L.) Willd.
dense blazing star

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General Information
Symbol: LISP
Group: Dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : CAN   N
L48   N
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©Thomas G. Barnes. Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky . University Press of Kentucky. Usage Requirements .

©Elaine Haug. Provided by Smithsonian Institution, Department of Botany . United States, VA, Manassas. Usage Requirements .

©Richard A. Howard. Provided by Smithsonian Institution, Richard A. Howard Photograph Collection . United Kingdom, England, Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens. Usage Requirements .

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Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae – Aster family
Genus Liatris Gaertn. ex Schreb. – blazing star
Species Liatris spicata (L.) Willd. – dense blazing star

Subordinate Taxa

The Plants Database includes the following 2 subspecies of Liatris spicata . Click below on a thumbnail map or name for subspecies profiles. Plant is native (blue) Native Plant is introduced Introduced Plant is introduced Native and Introduced Related taxa legend Distribution of <i>
Liatris spicata</i>
(L.) Willd. var. <i>
resinosa</i>
(Nutt.) Gaiser
Liatris spicata var. resinosa
dense blazing star Distribution of <i>
Liatris spicata</i>
(L.) Willd. var. <i>
spicata </i>
Liatris spicata var. spicata
dense blazing star

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Liatris spicata var. resinosa
Liatris spicata var. resinosa
Slender Gayfeather
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© 2015 Richard Spellenberg

Liatris spicata var. resinosa
Liatris spicata var. resinosa
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© 2015 Richard Spellenberg

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Liatris spicata var. spicata
Liatris spicata var. spicata
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Liatris spicata var. spicata
Liatris spicata var. spicata
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Liatris spicata var. spicata
Liatris spicata var. spicata
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© 2009 Barry Rice

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Liatris spicata
Liatris spicata
Blazing Star
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Liatris spicata
Liatris spicata
Blazingstar
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Liatris spicata
Liatris spicata
Blazingstar
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Liatris spicata var. resinosa
Liatris spicata var. resinosa
Slender Gayfeather
ID: 0000 0000 1015 0630 [detail]
© 2015 Richard Spellenberg

Liatris spicata var. resinosa
Liatris spicata var. resinosa
Slender Gayfeather
ID: 0000 0000 1015 0632 [detail]
© 2015 Richard Spellenberg

Liatris spicata var. spicata
Liatris spicata var. spicata
ID: 0000 0000 0509 1382 [detail]
© 2009 Barry Rice

Liatris spicata var. spicata
Liatris spicata var. spicata
ID: 0000 0000 0509 1383 [detail]
© 2009 Barry Rice

Liatris spicata var. spicata
Liatris spicata var. spicata
ID: 0000 0000 0509 1384 [detail]
© 2009 Barry Rice

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