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Chapman’s gayfeather, Blazing star
Liatris chapmanii
Asteraceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and a few native plant nurseries. Available in Groveland at Green Isle Gardens (321-436-4932).
Description:
Medium herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
About 2-3 inches in height; to 3 feet when in flower. Usually taller than broad, but sometimes falling over and forming open patches.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties. Scattered and nowhere common in South Florida. Perhaps extirpated in Broward County.
Habitats:
Pinelands.
Soils:
Dry to moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Purplish or rarely white.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
Fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous achene.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.


 


Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley