Wild Florida Photo - Liatris gracilis

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Liatris gracilis

SLENDER GAYFEATHER

SLENDER BLAZING STAR

Florida native

 

A common wildflower of sandhills and flatwoods throughout almost all of Florida. The range includes the southeastern coastal states from Mississippi to South Carolina.
The stems of slender gayfeather are hairy, with alternate leaves, up to 1 meter (~3 ft.) tall and terminated in spikelike racemes of purple florets. The pedicels are hairy. Upper leaves are numerous, linear and sessile. Lower leaves are spatulate and stalked with ciliated bases.

Blazing Star and Bees by Paul Rebmann Slender Gayfeather by Paul Rebmann

 
Liatris gracilis is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.

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 elegans - PINKSCALE GAYFEATHER