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Rough Blazing Star (Rough Gayfeather)

Photo of rough blazing star showing flowerheads at tip of stalk

Rough blazing star is fairly common and scattered nearly statewide. To distinguish between Missouri’s nine species in the genus Liatris, start by noting details of the flower structure. It’s not hard when you know what to look for. In this species, note the rounded, pouched, purple-edged bracts at the base of the flowerhead.

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