Liatris cylindracea
(Dwarf Blazing Star)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Dwarf Blazing Star, Cylindrical Blazing Star, Cylindric Blazing Star, Ontario Blazing Star, Barrelhead Gayfeather
    Synonyms: Lacinaria cylindracea
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 7
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - September
    Status: Native

Liatris cylindracea, or Dwarf Blazing Star, is native to Great Lakes area as well as the Ozarks, and it also occurs rarely into the lower Ohio Valley. It grows in dry, sandy prairies, meadows and fields and blooms in mid summer with light purple flowers on short stalks.

This genus is a difficult one to differentiate some of the species, but the bracts below the flowers are what can be used in most cases to correctly ID them. Liatris cylindracea has a medium flower head that is narrow and has bracts that are flat against the flower. In addition, this plant has a very short stature, rarely higher than eight or twleve inches. See the Liatris comparison photo below.

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