Liatris squarrosa (L.) Michx. - Scaly Gayfeather

Liatris squarrosa plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems:

Liatris squarrosa stem

Leaves:

N/A

Inflorescence:

N/A

Involucre:

Liatris squarrosa involucre

Ray flowers:

Absent.

Disk flowers:

Liatris squarrosa flowers

Flowering - June - September.

Habitat - Upland woods, sandhills, rocky open woods.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This attractive species can be found scattered throughout Alabama. The plant is easy to identify because of its very thin leaves and spreading phyllaries. This is a striking plant that would do well in a garden setting.
The genus name Liatris is of unknown derivation.
The species epithet squarrosa derives from the Latin "squarros" meaning "scaly, rough" referring to the phyllaries.

Alabama Distribution:

Liatris squarrosa map

Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 7-25-05.


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