Liatris tenuifolia

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Shortleaf Blazing-star, Shortleaf Gayfeather

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2.5 - 4 ft tall by 1 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Purple
Fruit Color:White
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



  • Attracts butterflies and bees.
  • Documented bee visitors include  Agapostemon spleizdens, Augochlorella aurata, Augochloropsis suinptuosa, Coelioxys mexicana, Megachile albitarsis, M. brevis pseudobreuis, M. briinleyi, M. petulans, Boinbus impatiens and B. pennsylvanicus (Deyrup et al. 2002).

Native Habitats:Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, dry flatwoods. Also known from some rockland areas in Miami-Dade County.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Two varieties exist, both occur in this area.