Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
[lee-AY-tris spih-KAY-tah]

Deciduous Perennial Upright in the Asteraceae Family
 
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Size Notes Price Availability
10 Flat Field $56.25 Likely available
10/6 - 10/9
2/1 - 2/2
38 Flat Field $90.63 Likely available
10/6 - 10/9
2/1 - 2/2

 

Known as Dense Blazing Star (new superhero name, anyone?), Liatris spicata starts out each season as an unassuming grass-like mound of foliage… but by late summer, this humble plant sends out stunning spikes of brightly-colored flowers. Liatris can grow up to five feet tall in perfect conditions, so these colorful blooms make quite an impact in the late season garden.

An herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the sunflower and daisy family Asteraceae, it is native to eastern North America where it grows in moist prairies and sedge meadows.

Blazing Stars smell faintly of vanilla once dried and make great cut flowers. These plants are native to the moist edges of marshes and meadows of Illinois, and enjoy well-drained, regularly watered conditions but are highly adaptable about soil quality and heat and humidity. They begin to bloom just as most other plants start to fade for the season, so they’re a smart addition to keep the garden popping all season long.

Pros

  • Attract pollinators
  • Late season blooms
  • Highly adaptable
  • Native to Illinois
  • Make great cut or dried flowers
  • Thrive in full sun to part shade

Cons

  • Need to be divided every few years to promote the most blooms
 

Plant Data

Mature Size 24 - 48 inches tall. 12 - 24 inches wide.
Growth Rate Fast
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Dry - Medium: The corms need no additional irrigation until stalks sprout. As the plants begin active growth, 1 inch of water a week during the hottest months will prevent stunted flowers and leaf scorch.
Zones 3a - 10b
Tags Accent, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Border, Butterfly Garden, Clay Soil, Container, Cottage Garden, Cut Flower, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Eclectic Garden, Edging, Formal Garden, Hummingbird Garden, Illinois Native, Low Maintenance, Mass, Moist Soil, Most Popular, Normal Soil, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Sandy Soil, Showy Flowers, Thornless, Well-Drained Soil Blue or Purple Flowering Perennials, Full Sun Perennials, Large Perennials, Summer Blooming Perennials
Bloom Period July to August
Flower Color Pink -Purple
 

More Info from Experts

Commonly Planted with...

Aster, Big bluestem, Echinacea, Helenium, Rudbeckia
More Photos: Google Image Search & Flickr
 


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