Blazing Star -
Liatris spicata

Attracted Pollinators: Birds and Butterflies

Duration: Perennial

Size: 24-48" high; 9-18" spread

Growing Conditions:

- Light Exposure: full sun

- Water Use: moderate

- Soil: neutral pH, moist to dry soil, well drained, drought tolerant, fertile soil preferable

Blazing star is a tall clumpy plant native to the eastern United States and thrives in moist lowland habitats. The feathery, pinkish-purple flowers have narrow crinkled and aggregate along the stems to form fuzzy looking purple pillars referred to as spikes. These also give rise the the plants alternate name: greyfeather. The flowers of the Blazing Star bloom from mid to late summer. Their stalks rise from a base of long, grass-like leaves which also coat the stems leading to the blossoms.