Slender Blazing Star
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.
Liatris gracilis is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.
Other species of the Liatris genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Liatris elegans - PINKSCALE GAYFEATHER
Liatris ohlingerae - FLORIDA GAYFEATHER
Liatris pauciflora var. pauciflora - FEWFLOWER GAYFEATHER
Liatris provincialis - GODFREY'S BLAZING STAR
Liatris spicata - DENSE GAYFEATHER
Liatris tenuifolia - SHORTLEAF BLAZING STAR
Date record last modified: Apr 28, 2020