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But wait!

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Liatris elegans Flowers 6611

“But wait!” as so many cheesy television commercials like to say. For coming here two days in a row, you’re going to get another species of Liatris absolutely free.* I’d seen this one in Bastrop before, but a good 12 years ago and perhaps not again since then. This is Liatris elegans, and as you can see, its flowers differ in color from the usual violet or purple of so many other species in the genus. (Books say that Liatris elegans can also have pinkish or pale violet flowers, but I haven’t seen that in the plants at Bastrop.)

Like the last few photographs, this one comes from my visit to Bastrop State Park on September 6th.


* Following the general trend toward a devaluation in the meanings of words, many commercials now often use the word absolutely incorrectly. Absolutely means ‘without any conditions; no strings attached.’ If you have to buy one of something to get a second one at no additional charge, that second item is not absolutely free. To make things worse, i.e. even farther from absolutely free, commercials of that sort have taken to slipping in another condition: “Just pay separate shipping and handling.” In contrast, today’s photograph really does come to you at no charge whatsoever.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 14, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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  1. Very nice. I like the earthy colours too.


    October 14, 2013 at 6:37 AM

  2. This is absolutely fantastic!


    October 14, 2013 at 7:16 AM

  3. Oh wow!!!

    Agnes Plutino

    October 14, 2013 at 7:20 AM

  4. Perhaps the color of the flower is affected by the acidity of the soil. Just guessing.

    Jim in IA

    October 14, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    • In one of my references I see that the species has three varieties, but I don’t know if they correlate with predominant soil types in the areas where they grow.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2013 at 9:33 AM

  5. Love the freebies… keep ’em coming! 🙂 Beautiful!!!


    October 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM

  6. Steve, your photographs are beautiful and an inspiration for me. This particular one took my breath away!

    Brenda Jones

    October 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    • Thanks for letting me know, Brenda. You have my permission to breathe again.

      I was happy to get pictures of this species again after so many years.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

  7. Sneaky devils, those chaps on Madison Avenue! Glad your lovely wares always come to us absolutely free, and they are certainly more enjoyable.


    October 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    • What puzzles me year after year is that enough people respond to those commercials that companies keep making them. Anyhow, thanks for finding the wares on this site lovely.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2013 at 3:11 PM

  8. I hate the commercials that say, for instance, “You can borrow up to $100,000 or more”. What the heck does “up to” mean?

    Steve Gingold

    October 14, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    • It means, alas, that the people who make up or use phrases like that one don’t think about what they’re saying.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM

  9. This is a beautiful flower – completely appealing. I’ve tried for two days to figure out what makes the photo seem so special to me, and I think I have it. Often, there’s a good bit of contrast between your subject and the background. Here, the background colors pick up the color of the flowers, and the effect is quite beautiful.

    Perhaps because of the colors, this variety reminds me of snow-on-the-mountain. I tried to figure out whether the lovely ruffled and spikey-looking parts were petals or brachts, and I finally decided on petals. (Well, or sepals, or tepals. I just ran into a discussion on all that, and am still trying to get my mind around the fact that my beloved Christmas Amaryllis has three petals and three sepals – aka tepals!)


    October 15, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    • You’re right that this photograph has a more limited range of colors than many of my others. (I noticed that the Liatris in the background has more yellow.)
      When it comes to singling out which part of a wildflower is which, I’m often “lost at sea,” even if I’m on land the whole time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 15, 2013 at 7:43 AM

  10. Thanks for the freebie! Of course, it’s not *absolutely* free, since I have to have a very expensive computer to view it, but I deeply appreciate the generosity with which it’s offered through that medium! 😉 *NOW* how much would you pay?!

    Even starrier than the previous Liatris, and yes, it’s very elegant indeed.


    October 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    • I though about the need for a computer and an Internet connection, but I dismissed those things as being already accounted for if someone is reading blogs in the first place. Similarly, I didn’t count the cost of eyeglasses for people who wear them, or chairs for anyone (almost everyone) who sits down while looking at a computer. Poetic license, and all that…

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 18, 2013 at 1:32 PM

  11. […] species of Liatris that grows here, and that’s why I’d been excited to come across Liatris elegans and Liatris aspera when I visited Bastrop State Park in early […]

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