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Liatris squarrosa - (L.)Michx.

Common Name Scaly blazing star, Alabama blazing star
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry open woods, clearings and fields, chiefly argillaceous[43]. Usually found on sandy soils[274].
Range Eastern N. America - Ontario to Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, South Dakota and Texas.
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Liatris squarrosa Scaly blazing star,  Alabama blazing star


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Liatris squarrosa is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 4. It is in flower from August to September, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

L. squarrulosa. Laciniaria scariosa.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Diuretic  Poultice  Tonic

The root is diuretic and tonic[4, 61, 238]. A poultice made from the roots is applied to snake bites[238].

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Other Uses

Repellent

The plant is used as an insect repellent in the clothes cupboard[4].

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife

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Cultivation details

Grows well in a moderately good light soil[200].Tolerates poor soils[200]. Plants are prone to rot overwinter in wet soils[200]. A good bee plant. Rodents are very fond of the tubers so the plants may require some protection[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in autumn in a greenhouse[200]. Sow stored seed as soon as possible in the year in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow the plants on in the greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring[1]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring. Basal cuttings taken in spring as growth commences. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Liatris chapmaniiChapman's Blazing StarPerennial0.0 -  LMSNDM01 
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Liatris scariosaDevil's BitePerennial0.8 3-7  LMSNDM02 
Liatris spicataGayfeather, Dense blazing star, Spiked Blazing Star, Button Snakewot, Gayfeather, Spiked Gayfeather,Perennial0.6 3-9 MLMSNMWe03 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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