Shortleaf Blazing Star is also known as Button Snakeroot
and Florida Blazing Star.
The plant is a perennial herb with smooth stems to 6 feet
tall. This particular species is often difficult to identify
because its growth habits are similar to other liatris species
found in the same vicinity. Its preferred habitat is pine barrens
and open woods. Distribution in the Escambia region is throughout.
The leaves on the lower stem may be up to 6 inches long,
but the upper leaves are so small that the flowering stem appears
leafless toward the top (often confused with the Grass-leaf Blazing
Star). The leaf is linear, no stalk, scale-like on the upper
The flowers are usually in clusters of 5. The heads of
the violet disc flowers occur in tall, thin spikes. The bracts
surrounding the heads usually have pink, translucent margins.
Flowers appear in the autumn.