Liatris spp.

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Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:variable ft
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Rose, purple, lavender, pink
Fruit Color:White
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden. Choose the species based on drainage and locale.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
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:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral



Attacts butterflies and native bees.

Native Habitats:Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, sandhill, dry flatwoods, mesic flatwoods, wet prairie.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

This is a catch-all for the many species of Liatris that are not listed individually on this site. 

All can be grown from seed, all required good sunlight to thrive and flower.  

Most are not available from nurseries.  If you have permission to collect seed, you should be able to grow any of them.  Look at the collection site to judge whether or not your proposed location will provide the correct soil (usually sandy) and moisture conditions (widely variable) suited to the species that you are considering.