Blazing Star Flower

Liatris spicata

  • Common Name:  Blazing Star, other common names, Prairie Star, Gayfeather
  • Scientific Name:  Liatris spicata
  • Family Name:  Asteracease
  • Origin:  North America and Bahamas
  • Height:  3’ to 6’
  • Width:  1’ to 2’
  • Growth:  Moderate
  • Zone: 3 – 10’
  • Light Needs:  Full sun
  • Salt Tolerance:  Poor
  • Soil/PH/Texture:  Not particular about soil pH or texture but it needs to be well drained.
  • Soil Moisture: Well drained, does not like wet feet
  • Drought Tolerance:  Good
  • Pests/Diseases:  Rare but can get leaf spot or rust or powdery mildew
  • Growing Conditions:  Grow from tubers under the ground, deadheading promotes bigger blooms
  • Characteristics:  Blazing Star is an erect, slender perennial reaching a height of 3-4 ft. The linear, grass-like leaves are clumped toward the base of the plant, but extend up the stem to the showy flower cluster. A tall spike of rayless, rose-purple (sometimes white), closely set flower heads. The purple, tufted flower heads are arranged in a long, dense spike blooming from the top down.
  • Propagation:  Self-seeds, spreads through underground roots, divide corms every 2 or 3 years.
  • Wildlife:  Attracts butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and bumble bees, deer resistant
  • Facts:  Blazing Star is a summer-blooming perennial with grassy foliage and fuzzy, bottle-brush flowers. The distinctive flower spikes stand 2 to 4-feet-tall and are magnets for butterflies.
  • Designer Considerations:  This North American wildflower makes an attractive addition to flower gardens, cutting gardens, landscaped areas and informal plantings.  Sometimes used in floral bouquets. 

Blazing Star

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