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Liatris scariosa

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun

Water Use: low, medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: average, poor, loam, sand

Height: 3'-5'

Bloom Time: August, September

Bloom Color: purple, pink, lavender

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, cut flowers, drought tolerant, naturalizing

Liatris scariosa (large button snakeroot)
  • Liatris scariosa (large button snakeroot)
  • Liatris scariosa (large button snakeroot)
  • Liatris scariosa (large button snakeroot)

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Description

Liatris scariosa

Also known as:

devil's bite

,

large blazing star

,

savanna blazing star

,

New England blazing star

,

northern blazing star

,

large button snakeroot

Scientific Synonyms:

Liatris borealis

Description

Tall blazing star is a tall species of Liatris easily reaching a height of 5'. The fluffy pink to purple flower clusters appear on smooth, erect stems and are larger than on other varieties.

Cultivation

Liatris scariosa will thrive in average to poor soil so long as it is very well drained. Because of its height and large flower clusters, it can be an eye catching addition to any dry perennial border where it can take advantage of full sun. Blooms in late summer, August and September. Zones a-8

Propagation

Best propagated from seed. They may be collected and stored, but will required cold stratification and scarification before sowing. Mature clumps may be divided in early spring.

Additional Notes

Liatris aspera is very well suited for cut flower arrangements. It attracts birds, hummingbirds and butterflies. It is threatened or endangered in much of its native range

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: NH, NJ, RI
  • Special Concern: CT, MA
  • Threatened: IL, ME, NY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Liatris blazing star
Species Liatris scariosa devil's bite