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New England Blazing Star

Scientific name: Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae

This attractive perennial grows two to four feet high . Its erect stems sport lavender flower heads that appear in clusters. You can see this plant at the Leon Levy Native Plant Garden, right off the parking lot at the Preserve.


Narrow lance-like green leaves to 10 inches long.



Blooming Season

August to October.


This easy to grow flower needs full sun. It may be found in poor soil that is dry or rocky, as it doesn’t like too much moisture that is not well drained. Handles the heat and humidity of summer.

Similar Species

Belongs to the Aster family. There are many varieties of Liatris.

Ecosystem Connections

Attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. It is of special value to the bumble bee.

Human Connections

This native plant is an excellent addition to your garden for late summer color.

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