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Blazing Star Liatris scariosa

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

Blazing Star is an erect perennial herb 1.5 -3' tall. It is clump-forming and grows up to 2' wide. It blooms in midsummer to fall and flowers appear fimbriated or dissected due to the protruding style branches. Stems are stiff, erect, and loaded with short, grass-like leaves. Stems may need staking as they often lean with age. Root-knot nematode may become a problem in southern gardens. 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. This plant requires full sun to light shade in well-drained soils. It is tolerant of heat loads and is intolerant of wet soils. This plant has no serious pest or disease problems.

Quick ID Hints:

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

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#purple#white#full sun#heat tolerant#perennial#specimen#white flowers#light shade#green#purple flowers#pink flowers#fall interest#dried flowers#herb garden#disease resistant#NC native#well-drained soil#pest resistant#summer flowers#herbaceous perennial#background#wildflower garden#fantz#erect#green leaves
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#white#full sun#heat tolerant#perennial#specimen#white flowers#light shade#green#purple flowers#pink flowers#fall interest#dried flowers#herb garden#disease resistant#NC native#well-drained soil#pest resistant#summer flowers#herbaceous perennial#background#wildflower garden#fantz#erect#green leaves
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Liatris
    Species:
    scariosa
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern U.S.A
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
  • 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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    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 Feel:
    Rough
    Soft
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblanceolate
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    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 Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are typically unbranched and crowded with leaves.
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Heat
    Insect Pests