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Liatris squarrosa

Phonetic Spelling
lie-A-tris skwa-RO-suh
Description

Scaly blazing star is a native perennial wildflower in the Asteracae (daisy) family found in upland woodlands.  The spikey purple flowers appear from late summer into the fall.  This plant grows 1 to 3 feet in height from corms and has small linear leaves with.  One inch flowerheads have squarish bracts that are spaced up an unbranched stem. This plant attracts hummingbirds, moths, butterflies, and other pollinators.

Grow this plant in well-drained sandy or rocky soils in full sun. It can be used in the native pollinator garden in the middle border or small groups. It can also be used in naturalized areas.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Liatris
    Species:
    squarrosa
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern and central U.S.A
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , CO , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NE , OH , OK , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts pollinators, moths, butterflies and hummingbirds
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    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)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is an achene with tufts of barbed hairs
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Multiple small disc flowers are arranged in heads up to 1 inch wide and can be sparsely arranged up the stem. Individual flowers are purple/lavender and tubular in shape with 5 petals. The scaly bracts are either straight or recurved and loosely arranged around the base of each flowerhead. This is one of the earlier blooming Liatris plants and blooms from June to August.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The green leaves are 4-6" long and about ΒΌ" across and become gradually smaller as they go up the stem. They are smooth to short pubescent, sessile and linear in shape with entire margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Angular
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    The ridged green stems can be smooth or hairy.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Moths
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Poor Soil