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Slender gayfeather, Blazing star
Liatris gracilis
Asteraceae
 

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.

Availability: 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 falling over and forming open patches.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States south to the Monroe County Keys, where known only from Big Pine Key.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Pinelands.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone 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: Rose purplish.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Wildlife and Ecology: Nectar plant for butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.


Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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