Liatris squarrosa (L.) Michx.
Scaly Blazing Star, Scaly Gayfeather, Scaly Liatris
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: LISQ
Scaly gayfeather or blazing star may have one or several stems, each erect, unbranched, and 10-30 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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: 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
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: This is one of the earliest Liatris to bloom.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Liatris squarrosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Liatris squarrosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Liatris squarrosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-29
Research By: TWC Staff