Can You Name this Wildflower?

I photographed this common tallgrass prairie wildflower last November.  Can you figure out what species it is? 

This photo was taken in eastern Nebraska on November 9, 2009.

If you think you know, leave your answer in the “Comments” below.  (either click on “comments” or write in the “reply” space, depending upon which format you’re seeing this post in)

16 thoughts on “Can You Name this Wildflower?

  1. Nate Walker November 16, 2010 / 8:41 am

    I’m going to go with Compass Plant.

  2. Bill Johnson November 16, 2010 / 4:06 pm

    Rough blazing star

    • Chris Helzer November 16, 2010 / 6:08 pm

      Nice job Bill – I’d expect nothing less of you…

  3. Glenn Pollock November 16, 2010 / 4:40 pm

    silphium laciniantum compass plant

    • Chris Helzer November 16, 2010 / 8:07 pm

      Nice try Glenn – not knowing the scale makes it hard, doesn’t it? Liatris aspera is the right answer. Beautiful in flower and still very pretty afterward, don’t you think?

  4. Steve Clubine November 19, 2010 / 8:51 pm

    I think it’s liatris, probably pynostachya.

    • Chris Helzer November 19, 2010 / 9:34 pm

      Good guess – it’s L. aspera.
      – Chris

      • Steve Clubine November 22, 2010 / 9:02 am

        I should have known. As soon as I saw it mentioned by another, I knew I’d said the wrong one.

  5. James C. Trager November 29, 2010 / 7:37 am

    Involute phyllaries and number of disk florets (bases) distinguish L. aspera from the other guesses.

    This is my first post here, but I’ really pleased to find this blog, Chris, and definitely will be back.

    • Chris Helzer November 29, 2010 / 7:57 am

      Great to see you here, James! Always good to have people that use words like “involute phyllaries”!! More than just an ant guy, aren’t you? : )

      • James C. Trager November 30, 2010 / 7:58 pm

        As you say, Chris.
        And, good to be welcomed!

  6. Neal Ratzlaff December 8, 2010 / 10:02 am

    This is my first time at your site, Chris. It’s going on my ‘favorites’ list. Neal Ratzlaff

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