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Liatris spicata – Blazing Star

Liatris spicata – Blazing Star

Liatris spicata, also known as Blazing Star, is a striking perennial that brings vertical elegance and vibrant color to any garden with its tall, purple flower spikes that bloom from summer to fall. Ideal for creating visual interest in borders, wildflower meadows, or as a cut flower in arrangements, Blazing Star is not only beautiful but also a magnet for butterflies and other pollinators. Thriving in full sun and well-drained soils, this drought-tolerant plant is easy to care for and makes a stunning addition to any outdoor space looking to enhance biodiversity and attract wildlife.

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Common Name

Blazing Star

Type

Herbaceous Perennial

Family

Asteraceae

Native Range

Eastern United States

Zone

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Height Range (ft.)

2.00 to 4.00

Spread (ft.)

0.75 to 1.50

Bloom Time

August, July

Bloom Description

Red-purple

Sun

Full Sun

Water

Medium

Flower

Good Cut, Good Dried, Showy

Maintenance

Low

Suggested Use

Rain Garden

Tolerate

Clay Soil, Drought

Attracts

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Product Description

Embrace the captivating beauty of Liatris spicata, commonly referred to as Blazing Star, a perennial favorite among gardeners and pollinators alike. With its unmistakable tall, fluffy purple spikes, Blazing Star adds a touch of drama and color to the landscape, flowering from mid-summer to early fall.

Why Plant Blazing Star?

  1. Pollinator Attraction: Its nectar-rich flowers are beloved by butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects, making it an essential component of any pollinator garden.
  2. Architectural Appeal: The unique, vertical form of Blazing Star provides contrast and height to garden designs, standing out beautifully against lower-growing perennials and grasses.
  3. Drought Resistance: Once established, Liatris spicata is remarkably drought-tolerant, requiring minimal watering and care, which is ideal for sustainable gardening practices.
  4. Versatile Garden Uses: Whether planted in mass for a stunning display, used as an accent in perennial borders, or grown for cut flowers, Blazing Star is versatile and complements various garden styles.

1239 original - Liatris spicata - Blazing Star

LIATRIS SPICATA CORM. A CORM IS A STORAGE ORGAN THAT PERENNIAL PLANTS—LIKE BLAZING STAR—USE TO SURVIVE EXTREME CONDITIONS SUCH AS WINTER AND DROUGHT. (BFF)

Cultivation Tips

  1. Sunlight Requirements: Prefers full sun to achieve its best growth and flowering potential.
  2. Soil Conditions: Adapts to a range of soil types but thrives in well-drained, moderately fertile soils.
  3. Watering: Moderate watering is needed until the plant is established; afterwards, it becomes drought-resistant.
  4. Spacing: Space plants about 12 to 15 inches apart to allow for proper growth and air circulation.

Design Ideas for Your Garden

Blazing Star’s striking appearance makes it a focal point in any garden setting. Pair it with other sun-loving perennials such as Rudbeckia, Echinacea, and Salvia to create a vibrant, dynamic display that supports a wide range of pollinators. Its tall, slender form is also perfect for adding depth and interest to the middle or back of borders, and its blooms make excellent cut flowers for indoor arrangements.

1238 original - Liatris spicata - Blazing Star

THE AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (SPINUS TRISTIS) ENJOYS FEEDING ON THE SEEDS OF PLANTS LIKE LIATRIS. THEY ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR HABIT OF USING THEIR FEET AND “HANGING” FROM SEEDHEADS LIKE THE LONG INFLORESCENCE OF THE BLAZING STAR.  (HOUGHTON)

Environmental Impact

By adding Blazing Star to your garden, you’re not only enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your space but also contributing to the health of the ecosystem. The flowers of Liatris spicata play a crucial role in supporting pollinator populations, offering vital nectar sources during the late summer months when many other plants have finished blooming.

Planting Blazing Star in your garden offers a wealth of benefits, from its breathtaking beauty and ease of care to its invaluable role in supporting biodiversity. Let Liatris spicata bring its distinctive charm and ecological benefits to your outdoor sanctuary.

1237 original - Liatris spicata - Blazing Star

THIS IS A HONEYBEE GATHERING NECTAR FROM A LIATRIS BLOSSOM, BUT MANY OTHER KINDS OF BEES WILL DO THE SAME, INCLUDING “BUMBLEBEES, LONG-HORNED BEES (MELISSODES SPP.), LEAF-CUTTING BEES (MEGACHILE SPP.)” (TEXT: HILTY, PHOTO: PETERSON)

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Summer Shipping Concerns

Please expect some delays in shipping during summer months!

Shipping perishable items in the heat of summer can be tricky to say the least. Our goal is to try to get your plants to you in the best shape possible.

This means we may hold off on shipping items during periods of excessively high temperatures to give your new plants the best chance of surviving their journey in good shape.