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Scaly Gayfeather Liatris squarrosa


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Scaly Gayfeather
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Alternate name: Blazing Star

Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family

Description 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.

Flower June - September (in south); June - July (in north).

Flower June - September (in south); June - July (in north)

Habitat Dry, sandy prairie; thin woods.

Range Maryland to Michigan and e. Colorado, south to Florida and e. Texas.

Discussion This is one of the earliest Liatris species to bloom.

Comments This is one of the earliest Liatris to bloom.

Exposure Preference Sun.

Native Distribution Virginia & Ohio to e. Colorado, s. to Florida & e. Texas

Site Preference Dry, sandy prairie; thin woods

Soil Preference Rocky or sandy soils.

Wildlife Value Butterflies frequent Liatris spp.