Liatris savannensis

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Savanna Gayfeather

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2.5 to 4.25 ft.  Basal leaves spread to about 1 ft but often not present at fowering.
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Rose, purple
Fruit Color:White
Phenology:Winter dormant with basal rosette obvious spring-summer. Blooms in fall.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden.
Considerations:Sometimes the flower stalks are too tall and heavy to stand. Can be cut back mid-summer to reduce height. In a large garden, the twisted fallen stalks can be an interesting feature. Could also be staked.
Propagation:Seed. Easily grown. 
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral



Attracts butterflies and bees.

Native Habitats:Flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Endemic to western peninsular Florida from Tampa south to Charlotte County.