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Liatris virgata [=Liatris graminifolia var. smallii]

Wand Blazing-star, Grass-leaved Blazing-star (the name generally applied to the former L. graminifolia)

Scientific Name:

Liatris virgata [=Liatris graminifolia var. smallii]

Genus:

Liatris

Species Epithet:

virgata

Common Name:

Wand Blazing-star, Grass-leaved Blazing-star (the name generally applied to the former L. graminifolia)

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Violet

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Open woods, roadbanks. Fairly common to common in the southwestern NC Coastal Plain, less numerous in the Sandhills; infrequent to fairly common in the western and southern Piedmont and parts of the northern and central mountains. Seemingly absent from the northeastern Piedmont, the southwestern mountains, and most of the eastern and northern Coastal Plain. Range and abundance are still somewhat unsettled.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure, GU - Unrankable (*Key)

Notes:

Formerly treated as L. regimontis, in part, or L. graminifolia, in part. More work is needed to satisfactorily separate it from Shaggy Blazing-star. Global rank of GU-Can not be ranked using available information but probably is G5-secure (from "Vascular Plants of North Carolina" website https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/index.php)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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