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What is this?

Posted by pitimpinai z6 Chicago (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 17, 14 at 20:26

It was given to me as Liatris. It is pretty in a strange way. But it looks nothing like Liatris in my garden.

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RE: What is this?

  • Posted by dbarron Z6/7 (Oklahoma) (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 2:47

It is...just wait.
Looks like liatris pycnostachys

RE: What is this?

Ok, I'll wait. Thanks. It's just that my other Liatris is in bloom, but this one shows no sign of color.

Thank you again.

RE: What is this?

It's just that my other Liatris is in bloom,


there are usually two latin names

and the second.. . usually involves minor differences in the family of the first name ...

and bloom time is one of those variables.. along with height.. etc ...

and that is why.. learning both latin names... brings you much more knowledge.. especially in devising a garden plan.. that involves waves of flowering.. as compared to all at once ...

its the next leap in your garden knowledge ... that being.. moving away from common or simple names.. and really understanding plant differences ...

so google up the latin name provided... you will learn more than you ever thought possible ...

it looks like you are going to have a lot of flowers.. which means the potential for a lot of seed... i would learn if the seed is viable.. and determine if some proactive deadheading is requisite before you end up with 50 million of them ... lol ...personally.. i dont know this plant ...


RE: What is this?

  • Posted by dbarron Z6/7 (Oklahoma) (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 12:46

Perhaps this link will make you feel patient and wait for good things to happen.

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to my backyard

This post was edited by dbarron on Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 12:48

RE: What is this?

Awesome! Thanks, dbarron. So it is not the same Liatris as the Liatris spicata that is currently in bloom in my garden.

Liatris - Prairie Blazing Star

This post was edited by pitimpinai on Fri, Aug 8, 14 at 21:34

RE: What is this?

So it is Liatris pycnostachya after all. Thank you for telling me to be patient. It finally blooms.....well after Liatris spicata:
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ken, I did not know the second part of its botanical name. Before this, I only knew Liatris spicata.

RE: What is this?

There are two different plants in the pictures. The blue flowers you show in the top set of photos don't belong to the Liatris. They are some form of Delphinium or Larkspur.

RE: What is this?

The Illinois Wildflowers website has some excellent images, data...
Liatris pycnostachya 'Prairie Blazingstar'

Here is a link that might be useful: Prairie Blazingstar

RE: What is this?

So cool. Thanks, tulsarose. A very informative site. An Illinois native. Duh. lol. I only was aware of the common name: Blazing Star but did not know there were several varieties.

Bees do go ga ga all over this flower and 4 ft is right. Very elegant indeed. Simply love it.
Yes, I know, flora. There are Larkspur, Feverfew, and Phlox subulata around its ankle.

RE: What is this?

OK, I see, - it's just that in the first pic especially it appeared that the flowers were thought to go with the foliage.

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