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Baby liatris?

Posted by FamilyNewsletterLady Z5 MO (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 5, 04 at 2:07

As I've been weeding my prairie garden, I've been pulling up small grass-like plants that, to my surprise, have a tiny bulb where the root should be. I have liatris in my garden. Could these be the babies of those plants, coming up from seed? I have no experience with liatris, so don't know if I'm on the right track. I also have little and big bluestem and Indian grass in my garden, but I wouldn't think that their seedlings would have a tiny bulb at the end, would they?

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RE: Baby liatris?

yes it could be a liatris.

or maybe do u have nut sedge?

the grasses dont have a 'bulb'.


Here is a link that might be useful: nutsedge

RE: Baby liatris?

  • Posted by dbarron Z6/7 (Oklahoma) (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 6, 04 at 20:19

Comparing liatris seedlings to their mother is fairly easy. My pycnostachys patch has 100s of babies in a downwind swathe and there is no doubt of their parentage. Nutsedge leaves "feel" different...kinda ridgy and have sharp edges of the leaves, which liatris does not.

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