Etymology: Liatris: meaning lost in antiquity
Plants: erect, perennial, to 24" tall forb; stems leafy; long and pointed roots
Leaves: with dots, mostly smooth, less than 1/5" wide
Flowers: head with 4-6 pink flowers, bracts (phyllaries) dotted and with a sharp tip; inflorescence with several to may heads in spike-like cluster; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: sun; dry; meadows, prairies; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Endangered
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. 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