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Plant of the Week: Northern blazing star

August 6, 2020

Northern blazing star, Liatris scariosa var. scariosa, is a perennial in the aster family which produces beautiful purple thistle-like flowers in the mid-summer. It is native to the eastern half of North America and goes by several different common names, including Devil’s Bit and Devil’s Bite, which refer to the “bitten off” appearance of its roots.

Northern blazing star is just one of several varieties of plants from the genus Liatris that we grow at the High Line. You’ll also find Spiked gayfeather, Liatris spicata, blazing star, Liatris aspera, and prairie blazing star, Liatris pycnostachya.

Between West 27th and West 30th Streets

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