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Liatris scariosa

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LIE-a-tris skay-ree-OH-sah
Description

Blazing star is an erect perennial in the Asteraceae (daisy) family.  It is clump-forming and grows up to 2 feet wide and 1.5  to 3 feet tall. Blooms appear midsummer to fall and flowers are fimbriated or dissected due to the protruding style branches. This Liatris has distinctive extra large flower heads, on long peduncles. The number of florets per head is greater than in most of the other blazing stars. The stems are stiff, erect, and loaded with short, grass-like leaves.

This plant requires full sun to light shade in well-drained soils. It is tolerant of heat loads and is intolerant of wet winter soils. It is best grown from corms rather than seeds.

This plant is found in dry woods and clearings in addition to being utilized in perennial beds, as a background plant, as a specimen plant, or as dried cut flowers. It adds a tall vertical accent to the back of the border.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Tall, unbranched grassy stems
  • Terminal spike of small heads
  • Flowers are tubular and fringe-looking

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  This plant has no serious pest or disease problems. Root-knot nematodes an occasional problem in southern gardens. Stems may need staking as they often lean with age.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#full sun tolerant#heat tolerant#perennials#specimen#white flowers#purple flowers#pink flowers#corms#fall interest#upright form#herb garden#disease resistant#NC native#well-drained soil#pest resistant#summer flowers#herbaceous perennials#pollinator plant#background planting#wildflower garden#fantz#dried arrangements#green leaves#butterfly friendly#nectar plant late summer#nectar plant mid-fall#partial shade tolerant#bee friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Liatris
    Species:
    scariosa
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern and mid-western U.S.A
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , CT , DE , GA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , WI , WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Pollinators are attracted to the flowers
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Oval achene with seeds that have tufts of barbed hairs
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The bowl-shaped flower heads are in interrupted clusters, composed of disk flowers on diverging stalks. They are tubular and purplish to rose-pink to white in color. Style branches are exerted. The inflorescence is terminal and compound. Flowers have a spike of heads that are small and discoid. Phyllaries are green to pigmented.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Soft
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are sessile to subclasping and reduce in size as they go upward. The lower leaves are ovate to lanceolate, the upper leaves are smaller and linear. Up to 10" long, soft-hairy to rough.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Stems are typically unbranched and crowded with leaves.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Humidity
    Insect Pests