Prairie Blazing Star (Gayfeather; Button Snakeroot)

Photo of several prairie blazing stars or gayfeathers in a prairie

Blazing stars are an important (and showy) part of the complex community of plants in the tallgrass prairie. There are 9 species of Liatris recorded for Missouri, and many of these have been known to hybridize where they occur in the same vicinity. This species, L. pycnostachya, is one of our most common, statewide.

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