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Northern blazing star (Liatris scariosa)

Aids to Identification: A showy purple-flowered perennial growing from a bulb with a basal rosette of lanceolate leaves 0.5-3 cm broad. The numerous, stalked, thistle-like flowers form a loose spike above the linear stem leaves.

Ecological characteristics: L. scariosa is most often associated with sand barrens. Most of its stations in Maine are on sandy soil, and the largest Maine population is thriving on a grassland barren which is periodically burned.

You can learn more about this species by visiting its page on the Maine Natural Areas Program website.

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