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Scientific Name:

Liatris squarrosa


Deertongue is a perennial herb with tall, erect spikes of purple flowers and grass-like leaves.


Dry prairies, open woodlands


Deertongue attracts a variety of pollinators, including butterflies, bees, and other insects. It also provides seeds as a food source for birds and small mammals.

Growing Conditions:

Deertongue thrives in well-drained soils in full sun to part shade


Deertongue has historical uses in traditional medicine. The plant is also valued for its ornamental value in gardens and landscapes.

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Fun Facts:

Deertongue is sometimes referred to as "Colic Root" due to its traditional use in treating colic in horses. It is also a host plant for the caterpillars of some butterfly species.

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