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Liatris squarrosa (L.) Michx.
Blazing star, Scaly blazing star, Scaly gayfeather
USDA Symbol: lisq
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Scaly gayfeather or blazing star may have one or several stems, each erect, unbranched, and 10-24 in. tall. Its leaves are not as numerous as in most other Liatris species. Tuft-like, red-violet flower heads are few and openly spaced in a spike along the top of the stem.
This is one of the earliest Liatris species to bloom.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
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 Native Distribution:
VA & OH to e. CO, s. to FL & e. TX Native Habitat:
Dry, sandy prairie; thin woods USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: This is one of the earliest Liatris to bloom.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DECrosby Arboretum
- Picayune, MS
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff