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Tony, Ron or Anybody - What Type Liatris?

Posted by misssherry Z8/9MS (My Page) on
Thu, May 31, 12 at 16:49

There's a plant in my meadow growing in an open area that I haven't been able to identify. A light bulb went off today in my head, and I'm pretty sure it's some type of Liatris. It could be L. ligulistylis from the seeds Tony sent or L. pycnostachya, from the seeds Ron sent.

I believe that's a bloom stalk forming at the top. I'm sure it's not the small blooming L. squarrosa that grows on its own up front. I wonder which one it is, if it is indeed Liatris?

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Sherry


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RE: Tony, Ron or Anybody - What Type Liatris?

The leaves are too thin to be ligulistylis...and you planted my seeds either last fall or this spring, right? Next year is the first year they will grow stalks and flower.

Congrats on your liatris, whatever type it is. Let us know how it works out for you, Tony


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RE: Tony, Ron or Anybody - What Type Liatris?

It almost looks like the blazing star type--liatris spicata.

It'll be pretty! :)


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RE: Tony, Ron or Anybody - What Type Liatris?

It looks a lot like L. pycnostachya, I've got a small patch started from seed several years ago. You will know when it flowers, since pycnostachya is a spikey kind, and ligulistylis is a button type.

L. pycnostachya is gorgeous in a mass, but it's quite floppy for me - not sure if it's growing in the best place or not. Is yours in a wet or dry spot?


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RE: Tony, Ron or Anybody - What Type Liatris?

It's in a dry spot, at least it's dry now. Even when we're having plenty of rainfall, however, it's still well drained, no sogginess. All the liatris that grows wild around here grows on dry spots, so that's why I picked this area for liatris seeds.

Here's hoping that it's at least some type of liatris! :)

Sherry


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RE: Tony, Ron or Anybody - What Type Liatris?

Sherry - Did you id your plant yet?
Someone posted a photo of the plant below in another forum and it made me remember this thread. It looks a lot like your plant.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mares Tail


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RE: Tony, Ron or Anybody - What Type Liatris?

Ooooh, Christie - that *is* similar.


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RE: Tony, Ron or Anybody - What Type Liatris?

It did look similar to mare's tail, Christie - I should know, since plenty of it grows around here! :)
But it's grown much taller, looks very different and is sporting what must be a long, future flower stalk. I think it's definitely L. pychnostachya, ever how you spell that word!
I'm going to directly upload a picture I just took of it.

Sherry


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RE: Tony, Ron or Anybody - What Type Liatris? P.S.

Oh my goodness! I just looked at my post, and the picture is a mile high! :0

I'm not too impressed with this direct picture stuff.

Sherry


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RE: Tony, Ron or Anybody - What Type Liatris?

That's TALL! Glad you didn't pull it out thinking it was a weed. Be sure to post another photo when it blooms.


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RE: Tony, Ron or Anybody - What Type Liatris?

Miss Sherry and the Beanstalk! :)


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