Liatris species

Click on the images below to see larger versions.

Scientific Name Liatris punctata var. mucronata (Liatris mucronata) USDA PLANTS Symbol
LIPUM2
Common Name Narrowleaf Gayfeather, Gayfeather ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
780932
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) Wildflower Center Ref.
Click Here
Description Erect perennial with stiff, unbranched stems, 1 to 3 ft. tall, growing in wide-spreading clump; narrow, crowded leaves becoming progressively smaller upward; tufted, purple or pink flowers densely congested in a long spike on the upper part of the stem. Description excerpt from www.wildflower.org. Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Liatris pycnostachya USDA PLANTS Symbol
LIPY
Common Name Cat-tail Gayfeather, Prairie Blazing Star ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
37937
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
Reference
Click Here
Description Habitat: Sandy, moist or dry soils in prairies and open woods, general in piny woods of East Texas, but also in Bastrop County.
Plant: Erect perennial with one or more stiff, unbranched stems, 2 to 4 ft. or more tall, somewhat hairy with dark longitudinal striations.
Leaves: Linear to narrowly oblanceolate or oblanceolate stem leaves up to 4 inches long and 3/8 to 1/2 inch wide near base becoming progressively smaller upward; hairy.
Inflorescence: Composite flowers spaced out in a long spike along the upper part of the stem; heads generally sessile (without peduncles), each flower head with green to purple spreading phyllaries below 5 to 12 pink florets (no rays), each surrounded by purplish pappus hairs.
References: Descr. adapted from "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
Texas Status
Native

© Tom Lebsack 2018