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Common Name: Dotted Gayfeather

Other Names: Blazing Star

Species Name: Liatris punctata

Plant Type: Forb

Family Name: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Great Plains from Montana and North Dakota south to Mexico
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics
    • Multiple stems coming off of massive, elongated rootstock
    • Thread-like, linear leaves directly attached and covering stem
    • Flower heads along stem nestled among the leaves to top of plant
    • Flowers color purplish-pink
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Linear
    • Stipules: Absent
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 4-8 disk florets
    • Flower Color: Purple-lavender
    • Flower Timing: August-October
    • Fruit Type: Achene



Soil Type Clay, loam and sand
Habitat Mixed and tallgrass prairie
Successional Stage Mid to late


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