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)


About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
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16 Responses to Can You Name this Wildflower?

  1. Nate Walker says:

    I’m going to go with Compass Plant.

  2. Bill Johnson says:

    Rough blazing star

  3. Glenn Pollock says:

    silphium laciniantum compass plant

    • Chris Helzer says:

      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 says:

    I think it’s liatris, probably pynostachya.

  5. James C. Trager says:

    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.

  6. Neal Ratzlaff says:

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

  7. Pingback: Can You Name This Wildflower? (2) | The Prairie Ecologist


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