Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae
New England Blazing Star

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New England Blazing Star
Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae

Multiple stems break from the soil in early spring with narrow, strap-like leaves. Tiny buds open in August to display a spike of frilly, reddish-purple tufted flowers. This rare native is easy to grow and will brighten any partial to full sun area especially when planted in large groupings. Attracts tiger swallowtail, clouded sulphur, orange sulphur, gray hairstreak, aphrodite fritillary, painted lady, red admiral, and wood nymphs. The caterpillars of the rare Glorious Flower Moth feed on the flowers and seed capsules of this and other Liatris species.  Looks great with other Liatris species, Echinacea (Coneflower), Silene (Royal catchfly), and prairie grasses in a formal or naturalized meadow garden.     

Hummingbird and butterfly magnate!
Beautiful pink to purple blossoms flower from the top down
Attracts all kinds of native bees
Great for late season color in the garden
Easy to grow and drought tolerant

Native Range

Dry woods or clearings from New England and Wisconsin, south to Georgia and Arkansas.

Interesting Facts

Blazing star is becoming more rare in nature. It once was easily spotted growing in open, dry, sandy soil or along the coast on dunes but development pressure has changed its habitat. Home landscape use keeps this essential wildlife plant available.


An easy to grow perennial with a preference for dry to average, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerant of poor soils, drought, summer heat and humidity but will not tolerate wet soils in winter. 

Mature Size: 30-36in. Tall x 12-15in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

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