lacerate blazing-star, more...
[Lacinaria aspera (Michx.) Greene, more]
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
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key