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Liatris scariosa

 
Liatris scariosa
plains blazing star
Liatris scariosa
Fluffy loose seedheads in mid-autumn

Synonym(s) Serratula scariosa
Common name plains blazing star
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-8)
Flowers pink-purple (summer)
Size 2-4'
Light sun
Cultural notes drought-tolerant

Native to a broad range of the eastern and central United States. Flowers are puffy - more like buttons than like the spikes of L. spicata. May grow too tall in rich soil, requiring staking. The ones pictured here were grown from seed for ssp. nieuwlandii; the two different colors came from the same seed batch.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: curve garden (both lobes), rock garden, orchard nursery area

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 35F (13w) - 70F (no G, 19d).
    Also Baggy 70F (50%G, 13d)
  2. Seed for ssp. nieuwlandii from HPS/MAG '10/'11 exchange. Baggy 70F (4w; 2%G, 3w) - 35F (4w) - 70F (69%G, 4-20d)
  3. Seed for ssp. nieuwlandii from HPS/MAG '10/'11 exchange. Baggy 70F (75%G, 21-40d)
  4. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (83%G, 17-46d)
  5. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (65%G, 13-28d)


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