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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Liatris Spicata / Family: Asteraceae
Marsh Blazing Star, Swink/Wilhelm #6

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FLOWERING: Late July through September

SEED TIMING: Late September to mid-October

HABITAT: Wet to mesic prairie

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: Blooms earlier and has a more densely flowered spike than L. aspera. Numerous grass-like, usually hairless leaves line the stem.

TO PICK: Pick seed same as for L. aspera. Seed ripens and forms pappus from top down. Allow top portion to disperse on site. Bottom seed heads may then be stripped even if not completely ripe as they will ripen later in a brown bag.


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