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Savannah Gayfeather (Liatris savannensis)

Bright purple flowers of Liatris savannensis blooming in situ in Sarasota County.

Photo Credit: Wade Collier
  • Global Rank: N/A
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • State: FL
  • Nature Serve ID: 821411
  • Lifeform: Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 11/16/2023

Where is Savannah Gayfeather (Liatris savannensis) located in the wild?


West-central Florida

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Savannah Gayfeather can be found in Florida

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Conservation Actions

Elizabeth Gandy
  • 11/17/2023
  • Seed Collection Orthodox Seed Banking

Savanna blazing-star (Liatris savannensis) is an attractive fall wildflower endemic to southwest Florida. Plants are easy to spot, growing to as tall as four feet with heads of purplish-pink discoid flowers in spike-like arrangement on the upper portion of the stems. These colorful “wands” stick up from the surrounding herbaceous vegetation and announce their presence. Even though they are easy to spot, populations that are large enough to collect seed from are rare to find. One such population was found at a Sarasota County preserve and documented thanks to an iNaturalist post.

Liatris savannensis is a prolific seed producer, but as is typical for Asteracaeae, only a portion of seeds are viable. Seeds collected for long-term storage need to be evaluated for viability and the presence of herbivorous insects during cleaning. Recent seed collections found a number of insect larvae, likely weevils or moths eating through the seeds in entire heads. The tell-tale aggregation of seeds from a head that do not separate easily, and the presence of frass are both good indicators there is a larva present. Plump, dark seeds with a spreading pappus are what we look for to save for long-term storage.


Photos by Wade Collier (field) and Elizabeth Gandy (scope)

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Taxon Liatris savannensis
Authority Kral & Nesom
Family Asteraceae
CPC Number 449777
ITIS 780422
Duration Perennial
Common Names Savannah Gayfeather | Savannah Blazingstar
Associated Scientific Names Liatris savannensis
Distribution West-central Florida
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