Liatris aspera Michx.  
Family: Asteraceae
lacerate blazing-star, rough blazing-star, rough gayfeather, tall gay-feather
[Lacinaria aspera (Michx.) Greene, Liatris aspera f. benkei Michx., Liatris aspera var. aspera Michx., Liatris aspera var. intermedia Michx., Liatris aspera var. typica Michx., Liatris scariosa f. benkei (L.) Willd., Liatris sphaeroidea f. asperifolia Michx.]
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Etymology: Liatris: meaning lost in antiquity
Plants: erect, perennial, 16"-48" tall forb; stems with 25-90 leaves below the inflorescence
Leaves: alternate, many, long, most less than 1" wide, lower leaves long-stalked
Flowers: head 1" wide, all about the same size, with 14 -35 pink flower, middle bracts (phyllaries) with wide, irregularly-cut edges and rounded tips; inflorescence with 10 or more heads in a spike-like cluster; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: full sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, inland sands, woods; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
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