|Scientific Name||Liatris aspera||USDA PLANTS Symbol||LIAS|
|Common Name||Rough Gayfeather, Tall Blazing Star||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||37909|
|Description||Habitat: Sandy soils in prairies and open fields, open oak-juniper and oak-pine woodlands, etc.
Plant: Erect perennial with usually a single unbranched, stiff, rough stem from 16 inches to 5 (or more) feet tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves usually withering before flowering; stem leaves single-nerved (one vein), linear-lanceolate or nearly linear; lower leaves 3 to 10 inches long and up to 1 inch wide, becoming much smaller upward; lower leaves mostly smooth, upper covered with short, stiff hairs.
Inflorescence: Many dark purple to lavender or pink composite flowers spaced out in a long spike along the stem; heads generally sessile or with short peduncles, each with 18 to 24 florets (rays are absent); green phyllaries in a series of 4 to 5, outer ones reflexed.
Bloom Period: July to October.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and SEINet.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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