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Pink-scale Gayfeather Liatris elegans

 

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Pink-scale Gayfeather
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Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family



Description The slender, unbranched stem of this perennial gayfeather grows 3-5 ft. tall. Its narrow, needle-like leaves, about 3 in. long, are whorled around the stem. The flower spike, which occupies up to 2 ft. of the stem, is made up of tufted pink or lavender flower congested in the long, terminal spike.


Flower August - October.


Flower August - October


Habitat Prairies; pinelands; well-drained, sandy sites.


Range Coastal states South Carolina to Texas, inland to Arkansas and Oklahoma.


Exposure Preference Sun.


Native Distribution Coastal states South Carolina to Texas, inland to Arkansas & Oklahoma


Site Preference Prairies; pinelands; well-drained, sandy sites


Soil Preference Dry, sandy or rocky soils.


Wildlife Value Liatris spp. attract butterflies.


 

 

 

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