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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Kansas Gayfeather   Liatris pycnostachya    
Sunflower family — Asteraceae

Also known as:
Hairy Button-snakeroot, Blazingstar, Prairie Gayfeather, Kansas Blazingstar, Prairie Blazingstar

Slides: (click for larger view)


There are about 14 species of gayfeather in Texas, and most look rather like this one. The majority bloom in the fall and add a distinctive touch of purplish-pink to the landscape; several have become popular in gardens and in cut floral arrangements. A summer and fall bloomer, the Kansas gayfeather is more a wetland or damp sands species than many of the others, which tend to prefer more open and drier habitats.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: June, July, August, September, October

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