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Grass-leaved Blazing-star Liatris virgata

Previously known as:

  • Lacinaria regimontis
  • Lacinaria smallii
  • Liatris graminifolia var. racemosa
  • Liatris graminifolia var. smallii
  • Liatris graminifolia var. virgata
  • Liatris regimontis
  • Liatris spicata var. racemosa
Phonetic Spelling
LY-uh-tris vir-GA-tuh
Description

Grass-leaved Blazing-star is a native perennial in the daisy family.  It is found in open woodlands and along roadsides in all areas of NC in the more southern counties. It is rated as a very high wildlife value plant.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#native perennial#NC native#woodland#food source fall#food source nectar#food source pollen#food source hard-mast fruit#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#native perennial#NC native#woodland#food source fall#food source nectar#food source pollen#food source hard-mast fruit#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Liatris
    Species:
    virgata
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeast USA
    Distribution:
    DC, DE, GA, MD, NC, NJ, PA, SC, VA, WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Native bees are attracted to this plant. Very high wildlife value.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
  • 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:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from August until frost
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Heads of frilly purple disc flowers are arranged in a zig-zag pattern up the stem from Aug.- Oct.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Narrow oblanceolate leaves are basalar with some alternating up the stem. Lower leaves have hairs along the margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Songbirds