Liatris punctata (Dotted Blazing Star) - photos and description

Liatris punctata
15 cm ruler for scale

Liatris punctata

Liatris punctata

Liatris punctata

Liatris punctata
Rare white form of the plant

Liatris punctata

Liatris punctata

Liatris punctata
Leaves are punctate - dotted with pits

General: Plants have a tufted growth habit, and with decumbent to erect stems. Quite showy when in bloom, flowers appear in late July to early August.

Flowers: Flowers grow in dense spikes of reddish-pink flowers. Flowers are tubular in shape with 5 florets, flowers about 1 cm in diameter.

Leaves: Leaves are linear, we measured a leaf at 15 cm long and 4 mm wide. The leaf margins are sparsely hairy. Leaf surfaces, top and bottom full of tiny depressions (punctate).

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 30 cm, we measured plants to 31 cm tall.

Habitat: Dry grassland and hillsides.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken August 1st, open prairie, Buffalo Grass Eco Reserve, 200 km south east of Regina, SK, and August 16th slopes of the Qu'Appelle Valley, about 40 km north west of our home in Regina, SK.