Species

Liatris ohlingerae

Common Name

Scrub blazing star

Habitat

White sands in rosemary and oak scrubs and scrubby flatwoods

Legal Status

US – Endangered (1989),
FL – Endangered

Flowering Time

July – October

Distribution

Scrub blazing star grows on the Lake Wales Ridge in Polk and Highlands counties.

Description

Scrub blazing star is a perennial herb with hairy stems, growing to three feet. The spectacular pink-purple flowers are tightly arranged into globe-shaped heads. They are visited by an array of insects, including butterflies.

Threats

Scrub blazing start is threatened by loss of scrub habitat for agriculture, development, and recreation.

Interesting Facts

Unlike many endangered scrub herbs, scrub blazing star is capable of resprouting after fire. Plants are slow-growing, requiring many years to produce their first flowers.

References

Archbold Biological Station
Plant Description from the Fish and Wildlife Service (pdf)
Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida by Linda Chafin, Tallahasse FL ©20
Description from the National Collection of Imperiled Plants

Art by Mollie Doctrow