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Common Name: Devil's Bite
Liatris scariosa is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.80 metres tall.
It has medicinal uses.
Eastern N. America - Maine to N. Carolina, west to Wisconsin and Arkansas.
Dry stony soils on prairies and open forest glades[
]. Rock ledges, shale banks and barrens, limestone and sandstone outcrops, road banks, flood plains, dry woods, 600 - 1600 m[
Grows well in a moderately good light soil[
].Tolerates poor soils[
]. Plants are prone to rot overwinter in wet soils[
There are several named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[
A good bee plant.
Rodents are very fond of the tubers so the plants may require some protection[
The root is appetizer, diuretic and tonic[
]. It is used in the treatment of abdominal complaints, kidney and bladder problems[
]. A poultice made from the powdered roots is applied to snake bites[
] and external inflammations[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in autumn in a greenhouse[
]. Sow stored seed as soon as possible in the year in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow the plants on in the greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer.
Division in spring[
]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Basal cuttings taken in spring as growth commences. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.