Liatris scariosa

Liatris scariosa: The number and range of this plant has been greatly reduced on Long Island as development has reduced its open habitat. An interesting naming problem occurred as the hand Liatris scariosa var. novae-anglia (meaning New England) was being used in botany manuals without being formally published.

This was corrected in 2003 with a formal recognition of the name. The origin of the name Liatris is unknown. (New York Natural Heritage, NYDEC). Originally and often appeared in dry, sandy maritime grasslands. It’s “blazing” pink narrow tubular shaggy flower heads are striking in midst of other grassland meadow plants.

There are a some 30 varieties of Liatris (Blazing Stars or Gayfeathers), Another on the East Coast, spicata, will grow in moist soils.

Uses: Grassland meadows & pollinator gardens;

SPECS: Genus: Liatris ; Species: Scariosa; Plant Type: Forb, Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun; Soil Moisture: Medium Dry, Dry; Height: 2′ — 3′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 1′ — 2′; Bloom Time: August — October; Bloom Color: Pink; Advantages: Birds, Low maintenance, Pollinators, Showy; USDA Zone: 3 — 9; Attracts: Beneficial insects, Bumblebees, Butterflies, Carpenter bees, Hummingbirds, Monarchs, Skippers, Songbirds, Sweat bees; Tolerant: Drought, Dry soils, Heat & humidity; Plant Community: Pairs well with Goldenrods, especially Early, Hairy, Showy and Gray Goldenrod. Also looks great with Early Sunflower.;