Blazing Star


  • USDA Zones 3 to 8 (Find Your Zone)
  • Full Sun
  • 3 to 4 Feet Tall
  • Average Moisture
  • Well-drained Soils
  • Attracts Butterflies


Liatris spicata, common name Blazing Star, is easily grown in full sun with average to medium well drained soils. This species is a tall upright, clump forming native perennial maturing to 3-4′ in height, sometimes reaching up to 6′. Terminal spikes of rounded, fluffy, deep purple flowers appear atop rigid stems borne from clumps of grass-like basal foliage. Liatris is an important source of nectar for many of our butterflies. Mass liatris in perennial borders or natural gardens for a brilliant show of color in mid summer.

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