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Liatris spicata
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Eupatorieae
Genus: Liatris
Gaertn. ex Schreb.

Liatris, or gayfather,[1] is a genus of flowering plants. It is in the sunflower family of the boneset tribe. It is native to North America (Canada, United States, Mexico and the Bahamas).[2][3][4] Its most common name is blazing star.[1][4]

They are perennials, meaning they grow leaves and flowers every year. They survive winter as corms.[4]

Liatris species are used as food by the larvae of some butterflies and moths. The bleeding flower moth's larvae only feed on Liatris.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Report: Liatris". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  2. Schreber, Johann Christian Daniel von. 1791. Genera Plantarum 2: 542
  3. "Liatris". Tropicos. Missouri Botanical Garden.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Nesom, Guy L. (2006). "Liatris". In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (ed.). Flora of North America North of Mexico (FNA). Vol. 21. New York and Oxford – via, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.