Monday, July 30, 2012

Plant of the Week

Blazing star
Liatris pycnostachya Michx.
other common names: button snakeroot, gayfeather, prairie blazing star
Liatris: meaning unknown; its origin lost in the mists of antiquity
Pycnostachya: from the Greek pyhnos, meaning “dense” or “thick”
Daisy family: Asteraceae (Compositae)

Photograph by Thomas Rosburg, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition

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