Liatris pilosa (Ait.) Willd. - Shaggy Blazing-star
Family - Asteraceae
Base of plant.
Pappus and achenes.
Flowering - July - October.
Habitat - Flatwoods, open hammocks, sandhills, open woods.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This showy species can be found scattered throughout much of Alabama but seems to be concentrated in the east-central portion of the state. The plant can be identified by its thin leaves, which gradually reduce up the stem, its sessile to sub-sessile flowerheads, and it big, pink corollas (which are pilose internally at the base).
Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 10-1-05.