Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae  (L. borealis) northern blazing star Asteraceae LISC; R (DeCandido 2001);

  

Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae..Jennifer Garrett.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newengland.org

Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae..Jennifer Garrett.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newengland.org. (Accessed 4/2014).

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). 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry open woods, thickets, meadows.