Liatris spicata (L.) Willd.
Coefficient of Conservatism: 8
Coefficient of Wetness: 0
Wetness Index: FAC
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Moist sandy plains and shores, marshy meadows; wet prairies, fens, tamarack swamps; mucky swales, marly shores, roadsides and fields; unlike other species, rarely in drier oak or jack pine savanna. C. K. Dodge wrote on an 1896 label: “Thousands of acres covered with it about Lake St. Clair.”

This species hybridizes with L. pycnostachya. Rare individuals with scattered hairs in the inflorescence and other intermediate conditions indicate some introgression. White-flowered plants are f. albiflora Britton and have been found on Harsens Island, St. Clair Co.

This species especially (but also other Liatris) are cultivated, and some outlying northern records may be escapes from cultivation. 


Allegan County
Barry County
Bay County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Clinton County
Genesee County
Huron County
Ionia County
Iosco County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Macomb County
Monroe County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. November 26, 2022.