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Common Name: Colic Root
Liatris squarrosa is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.90 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
Eastern N. America - New Jersey to Florida, west to Utah and Texas.
Dry open woods, clearings and fields, chiefly argillaceous[
]. Usually found on sandy soils[
Grows well in a moderately good light soil[
].Tolerates poor soils[
]. Plants are prone to rot overwinter in wet soils[
A good bee plant.
Rodents are very fond of the tubers so the plants may require some protection[
The root is diuretic and tonic[
]. A poultice made from the roots is applied to snake bites[
The plant is used as an insect repellent in the clothes cupboard[
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.