Liatris scariosa (L.) Willd.
Devil's Bite, Large Blazing Star, Large Gayfeather, Large Liatris, Savanna Blazing Star, Savanna Gayfeather, Savanna Liatris
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: lisc2
A spike of rayless, pink-lavender flower heads in interrupted clusters on a tall, smooth or downy stem.
The flower heads and broad leaves with well-separated stalks are characteristic of the very similar Liatris species found in the same range; these may eventually prove to be variants of a single species.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DE , GA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: Wisconsin east to New York and Maine, south to Georgia, west to Arkansas, and north to Missouri and Illinois.
Native Habitat: Dry woods and clearings.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Loam, Sand
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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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 scariosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Liatris scariosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Liatris scariosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-29
Research By: TWC Staff