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(Liatris elegans)
Pink-scale Gayfeather

Hosted Species: Wavy-lined Emerald, Liatris Leaf Borer

Nectar Plant: many insects including other butterflies, bees, wasps, and birds such as hummingbirds.

Flower Color: white, lavender, pink to bright purple

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial that grows from 1 to 4 feet tall

Range in North America: Southern and southeastern United States

Exposure: Prefers full sun

Hardiness: Zones 8-9

Soil Requirements: well-drained soil

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Pink-Scale Gayfeather (Liatris elegans)

White flower spike of pink-scale gayfeather (Liatris elegans) in a woodland.
Flowers of Pink-Scale Gayfeather — Liatris elegans (Walter) Michx.
observed in United States of America
by Craig Martin (licensed under CC0 1.0)

Alternative Names

Pinkscale blazing star and elegant blazingstar

Description of Pink-Scale Gayfeather (Liatris elegans)

Pink-scale gayfeather (Liatris elegans), a member of the Asteraceae (Aster Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows 1′ to 4′ tall and blooms in the summer to fall (August to October).  The fruits, which are achenes, mature in the late summer to fall.

Hosted Species

Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata)

Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerolata) on fabric.
Wavy-lined Emerald on Fabric — CBG Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Nectar Species

Other butterflies, bees, and wasps use this plant as a nectar source.


This gayfeather grows in pine woods, oak woods, roadsides, and sandhills.

Range of Pink-Scale Gayfeather (Liatris elegans) in the United States and Canada

Range map of pink-scale gayfeather (Liatris elegans).

Interesting Facts

The genus name, Liatris, is of unknown origin and the species name, elegans, is Latin for elegant or refined.

Native Location

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

Zone 8, Zone 9

Exposure Requirements

Full Sun

Plant Habit


Soil Requirements



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