Does this look like liatris to you?

christie_sw_mo(Z6)September 24, 2012

I winter sowed Liatris ligulistylis seeds this spring. They were some I ordered from a wildflower nursery. About a half a dozen came up in the container and they all looked the same but they look suspiciously like some kind of grass to me. I haven't planted them out yet. I was waiting to see what they are. Any chance those things that look like grass seed are really flower buds?

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imabirdnut

SO SORRY...Looks like grassy weeds to me! ;o(
I have a native liatris that I am going to be planting seeds this fall.
I have had several things I planted that didn't come up for 2 seasons...don't know if liatris can be dormant for several years or not???
Take care,
Lila

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 9:43AM
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terrene(5b MA)

Definitely not - looks like some type of sedge maybe?

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 10:25AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

It's sedge for sure, definitely not liatris.

Sherry

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 10:53AM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I normally have great luck with liatris germinating. I think you must have had bad seed. If you want to try again, I have lots of liatris seed. Mine is the typical "Gayfeather" variety. Let me know/send me an e-mail if you want some seed.

Martha

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 5:20PM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Well that's disappointing. I do think the seeds were either contaminated or completely mislabeled. Try try again.
Your kind to offer Martha but I was specifically after l. ligulistylis because it's supposed to be a Monarch magnet and I think I already have the one you mentioned. Thanks anyway.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 10:34AM
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