Liatris squarrosa

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry

Soil Description: neutral, average, poor, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: July, August

Bloom Color: violet, purple, pink

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, cut flowers, drought tolerant, naturalizing, rock garden plant

Liatris squarrosa (scaly blazing star)
  • Liatris squarrosa (scaly blazing star)
  • Liatris squarrosa (scaly blazing star)

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Description

Liatris squarrosa

Also known as:

scaly blazing star

,

scaly gayfeather

,

scaly liatris

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Liatris squarrosa is a low-growing species within the genus, averaging a height between 1 to 2'. It produces 15 to 45 showy tuft-like violet flowers along an unbranched central stem. The basal foliage is grass-like, with arching leaves up to 6" long. This species can be distinguished by its flowers' scaly bracts, which are referenced in the common name 'scaly blazing star'.

Cultivation

This species is very drought tolerant and performs best in lean, well-drained, circumneutral soils in full sun. Overly rich, or moist soils, can lead to plants that are too tall and will tend to flop over. It has a fibrous, corm-producing root system that will produce clumps over time. This is not an aggressive spreader, neither vegetatively or by seed. Liatris squarrosa is an excellent choice for a rock garden, or a dry border, where the difficult conditions will give it a growing advantage. The blooming period lasts about a month during mid to late summer. It is both heat tolerant and cold hardy. Zones 4-9

Propagation

Propagate from seed, or by division in spring.

Additional Notes

Scaly blazing star is very attractive to pollinators, especially bumblebees. It can be susceptible to browsing animals, including rabbits and deer. Can be combined with Asclepias tuberosa, Sporobouls heterolepis, and Solidago nemoralis.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
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

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: MD

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 squarrosa scaly blazing star