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Liatris spicata

Dense Blazing Star

Tallest of the genus with upright spikes bearing pinkish-purple tassels in July and August. One of the best garden performers! An excellent cut flower and a magnet for butterflies, bees, rare moths and hummingbirds. Deer resistant!


Attracts tiger swallowtail, clouded sulphur, orange sulphur, gray hairstreak, aphrodite fritillary, painted lady, red admiral, and wood nymphs. The caterpillars of the rare Glorious Flower Moth feed on the flowers and seed capsules of this and other Liatris species.  Looks great with other Liatris species, Echinacea (Coneflower), Silene (Royal catchfly), and prairie grasses in a formal or naturalized meadow garden.     


 

Benefits

Hummingbird and butterfly magnate!
Beautiful pink to purple blossoms flower from the top down
Attracts all kinds of native bees
Great for late season color in the garden
Easy to grow and drought tolerant

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

An easy to grow perennial with a preference for dry to average, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerant of poor soils, drought, summer heat and humidity but will not tolerate wet soils in winter. 


Height
3-5 Feet

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Spread
2 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Range

Native from New Jersey to Michigan and south to Florida and Louisiana. Grows in moist, wood openings, mesic prairies and marsh edges.

Native Trivia

Most flowers begin to bloom from the bottom of the stem to the top. Liatris does just the opposite and blooms from the top to the bottom.   


"All kind of nectar for me and my hummingbird buddies and later there is seed for the birds!"

Good Companions
Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Acidic
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Uses
Border
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin