Jul. 24, 2022

pinkscale blazingstar, Liatris elegans

No flowers here. This moment was unfortunately a little late for the flowers. The pink bits are the bracts that surround the flower heads. On this day all that's left of flowers are developing seeds and the tawny fuzz that will carry them in the wind. The chemistry of pinkscale has been thoroughly analyzed. It seems they have significant amounts of phenol. Phenol is used in making plastic, among other stuff. It apparently is not practical to harvest the phenol here for commercial use. That's OK. It would almost seem like they were traitors to their kind if they became plastic. Pinkscale grows in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, OK, and SC. Worth Co GA, 10/19/15. Aster family, Asteraceae.