The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Bok Tower Gardens
The conservation of Liatris provincialis is fully sponsored.
S.K. Maddox contributed to this Plant Profile.
Liatris provincialis, or Godfrey's blazing star, is a perennial herb with beautiful bright purple flowers. The narrow flower spikes, which open from late August to mid-September, can be 6 - 12 inches long. The individual flower heads have very short or no stalks, and spread at right angles to the stem. Like L. ohlingerae, Godfrey's blazing star has only disk flowers (no ray flowers), and it has pointed, gland-dotted bracts that are usually purplish. The pappus is white with barbed bristles. The flower stems grow to a height of 1 - 2.5 feet, rising from hairless, grass-like basal leaves. These 6 inch long basal leaves have a raised midrib beneath, and they are dotted with glands on both surfaces. The stem leaves grow opposite one another and are reduced in size as they get closer to the top of the stem. (FNAI 2000)
Distribution & Occurrence
Godfrey's blazing star occurs in a geographically-limited, coastal-dune range along the western coast of North Central Florida, and inland in panhandle scrub and sandhill habitats. Liatris provincialis prefers somewhat open, disturbed areas. When the canopy closes, it tends to grow only in open fire lines, stabilized sand coastal longleaf/sand pine scrub oak barrens, and borders of mesic flatwoods. In the sandhills of St. Mark's National Wildlife Refuge, L. provinciallis tends to be in areas that were disturbed or areas recently burned (NatureServe 2001).
|It has been reported that there are 54 known populations of Godfrey's blazing star, all in the Florida panhandle. Nineteen of these sites are on protected lands, located mostly in St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge. There have been some large populations found in clearcuts on private timber lands (FNAI 2000).|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Development of the coastal areas.
Disturbance in the transition zones between flatwoods, scrub, and sandhills.
Pollination mechanics--is the species self fertile
Cause of low viability in seeds
Does. L. provincialis have a seed bank
Can it be transplanted
How long does it take the plant to reach reproductive maturity
To what extent do migratory butterfly populations depend on L. provincialis Should it be managed for the support of butterflies
Gerber, C.; Gordon, D.R.; Carrington, M.E. 2000. Godfrey's blazin star (Liatris provincialis): Monitoring at John S. Phipps Preserve. In: Gordon, D.R.; Slapcinsky, J.L., editors. Annual Research Report: A Compilation of Research Conducted or Supported by