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Liatris scariosa

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Liatris (ly-AT-riss) (Info)
Species: scariosa (ska-ree-OH-suh) (Info)

Synonym:Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae
Synonym:Liatris borealis
Synonym:Liatris novae-angliae

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26 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive grogan On Apr 29, 2004, grogan from Markham
Canada wrote:

The first time that I have ever seen a Monarch butterfly in my garden of four years (new and relatively barren subdivision) was on my Liatris. I am getting more of these beauties since I just read at this site that they are drought tolerant and can be split early in spring.

Positive poppysue On Jan 21, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

I started my plants from seeds and they bloomed the second year after sowing. Like other liatris species the plants form corms that can be lifted and divided in early spring or fall. The large flower spikes tend to flop so staking may be required in windy areas. This is a great plant for late color in the flower garden and an excellent choice for attracting butterflies.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Patchogue, New York

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