Liatris elegans

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Liatris elegans
Liatris elegans Gil.jpg
Photo taken by Gil Nelson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae
Genus: Liatris
Species: L. elegans
Binomial name
Liatris elegans
(Walter) Michx.
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Natural range of Liatris elegans from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Pinkscale blazing star; Elegant gayfeather; Common elegant blazing star

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Liatris elegans (Walter) Michaux var. elegans; L. elegans var. flabellata (Small) Gaiser; Laciniaria elegans (Walter) Kuntze; Laciniaria flabellata Small


A description of Liatris elegans is provided in The Flora of North America. A rhizomatous perennial that is frequent where it is found. [1]




This species has been observed growing in longleaf pine-wiregrass communities, in pine-oak woodlands, bordering sink-ravines, and in live oak hammocks in semi-open to open areas. [1] It is also a ruderal species growing in powerline corridors, along roadsides, and in bulldozed sand scrub. [1] Growing in semi-open and open habitats, L. elegans thrives in dry, coarse, and/or loamy sands as well as red clays. [1] Associated species include longleaf pine, wiregrass, Symphyotrichum dumosum, Solidago, Pityopsis, Liatris pauciflora, Quercus laevis, Heterotheca subaxillaris, Haplopappus divaricatus, Polygonella gracile, Aristidia patula, and Lespedeza hirta. [1]


This species has been observed flowering and fruiting August through November. [1]

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by wind. [2]

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Ed Keppner, Lisa Keppner, Wilson Baker, Loran C. Anderson, Richard S. Mitchell, E.S. Ford, R.K. Godfrey, Bruce Hansen, JoAnn Hansen, R. Kral, John Morrill, J. P. Gillespie, Sidney McDaniel, R. Komarek, R L Lazor, Gary R. Knight, MacClendons, G. Wilder, Bill Boothe, and Marcia Boothe. States and Counties: Florida: Alachua, Bay, Calhoun, Clay, Duval, Escambia, Gadsden, Holmes, Leon, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Washington, Wakulla, and Walton. Georgia: Thomas.
  2. Kirkman, L. Katherine. Unpublished database of seed dispersal mode of plants found in Coastal Plain longleaf pine-grasslands of the Jones Ecological Research Center, Georgia.