Shortleaf blazing star (Liatris tenuifolia) in the Gayfeathers Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 36 - 60 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Corm
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant

Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 16, 2013 10:05 AM

A perennial native throughout Florida, Shortleaf Blazing Star is a dense, clump-forming plant that resembles tufts of grass until the blooming begins. The plant has upright stems with 3 to 12 inch long leaves; those at the base of the stem being longest and the shorter much narrower leaves appearing higher up the stem. The thin leaves resemble pine needles.

Here in Florida this plant is found in dry, open woodlands and pinelands. During the summer and fall bloom period it sends up tall slender wand-type stalks with dense clusters of tiny 1/4 to 1/2 inch pink flowers along the slender, elongated spikes.

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