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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.