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Purple Gayfeather Wildflowers and a Meadow Fritillary Butterfly
near Lake Meyers in northeast Iowa. USA

Liatris aspera Michx.

Height: 16-48 inches
Family: Asteraceae – Sunflower Family
Flowering Period: August, September
Also Called: Button gayfeather, button blazing star.

Stems: Stiffly erect, 1 to several, unbranched, glabrous or short-hairy.
Leaves: Alternate, simple, stalked, uppermost sessile, linear-lanceolate to linear, 2 to 8 inches long, .25 to 1.5 inch wide, often covered with resinous dots; margins entire; upper leaves reduced in size.
Inflorescences: Elongate, spike-like, to 18 inches tall, with few to many well-separated heads; heads sessile or short-stalked, .5 to 1 inch wide; bracts purplish, wrinkled, glabrous, rounded at tips.
Flowers: Ray florets absent; disk florets 16-40, rose-purple, corollas pubescent inside.
Fruits: Achenes, pubescent, ribbed, brown, tipped with many barbed bristles, enclosing small seed.
Habitat: Dry, open, rocky or sandy prairies.
Uses: Some Great Plains tribes of Native Americans used the boiled leaves and roots to treat intestinal pains.


wildflowers, gayfeathers, butterflies, fritillaries

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  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture !!!!

  • Thanks, Russell!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Redrose10
    Redrose10about 1 year ago

    Lovely image and work. Fabulous colors :))

  • Thank you so much!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Paul Hickson
    Paul Hicksonabout 1 year ago

    lovely capture Lorilee!

  • Thank you, Paul!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanabout 1 year ago

    Very pretty…the butterfly is an added bonus.

  • Thanks, Jack!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much, Chris!!

    – lorilee

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 1 year ago

    Gorgeous as always

  • Thank you, Kala!! You’re very kind!!

    – lorilee

  • Tracie Louise
    Tracie Louiseabout 1 year ago

    That’s so pretty.

  • Thanks, Tracie!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful peaceful feeling work.

  • Thank you so much, Byron & Julie!!

    – lorilee

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 1 year ago

    Lovely capture Lori x

  • Thank you, Pauline!! :o)

    – lorilee

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