Wild Florida Photo - Liatris spicata - Dense gayfeather
Dense blazing star
Marsh blazing star
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.
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Liatris spicata is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.
Other species of the Liatris genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Liatris tenuifolia - SHORTLEAF BLAZING STAR
Liatris provincialis - GODFREY'S BLAZING STAR
Liatris ohlingerae - FLORIDA GAYFEATHER
Liatris elegans - PINKSCALE GAYFEATHER
Liatris gracilis - SLENDER GAYFEATHER
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants (Institute for Systemic Botany) profile for this species
Wildflowers of the Southeastern United States profile for this species
USDA Plant Profile for this species
Date record last modified: Aug 07, 2016