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Liatris spicata - Blazing Star

Liatris spicata - Blazing Star

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Liatris spicata, commonly called blazing star, dense blazing star or marsh blazing star, is a tall, upright, clump-forming perennial which is native to moist low grounds, meadows and marsh margins. It typically grows 2-4' tall in cultivation, but can reach a height of 6' in some parts of its native habitat. Features terminal spikes of sessile, rounded, fluffy, deep purple flower heads appearing atop rigid, erect, leafy flower stalks. One or more stalks arise from a basal tuft of narrow, grass-like, medium green leaves. Stem leaves gradually decrease in size toward the top. Blooms in summer. Liatris belongs to the aster family, with each flower head having only fluffy disk flowers and no ray flowers. The feathery flower heads of liatris give rise to another common name of gayfeather.

  • Type: Perennial
  • Native
  • Zone: 3 to 8
  • Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
  • Spread: 0.75 to 1.50 feet
  • Bloom Time: July to August
  • Bloom Description: Red-purple
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Water: Medium
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Suggested Use: Rain Garden
  • Flower: Showy, Good Cut, Good Dried
  • Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
  • Tolerate: Drought, Clay Soil