Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae is a perennial herb 30-80 cm tall, from a thick rounded corm-like rootstock.
Leaves alternate, lowest long-stalked, bade 10-35 cm long, 1-2 cm wide, elliptic, pointed at both ends, margins entire, smaller upwards.
Flowers pink-purple, 25-80 per head, all disk flowers, bracteate base (involucre) of head 0.9-1.7 cm long, bracts rounded, overlapping, tips often reddish; inflorescence of about 20 heads on stalks up to 5 cm along top part of plant; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Fruit dry, 1-seeded achenes, plumed; fruits Sept.-Oct. (Hough 1983).
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Rare (G3, S2, T).
Habitat: Dry open woods, thickets, meadows.