Jul. 15, 2020

plains blazing-star, Liatris squarrosa

Blazing-stars are a little contrary. Most plants with heads of flowers begin blooming from the outside then inward. Blazing stars do it from the center outward. So my first impression with this one was that they were just starting, with more to come. Not so. Plains has fewer flowers per head than other similar species. Then there are those interesting bracts, and these plants were only about a foot tall - shorter than most. Finally, those extra long pistils! Somewhere there are some bugs that particularly look for those differences. Maybe not with the same conscious appreciation we have, but appreciation none the less. Plains blazing-star grows in AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD(E), MI(X), MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, and WV. Adams CO OH, 7/8/20. Aster family, Asteraceae.