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Liatris spicata - Dense blazing Star

 Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium-Wet, Medium, 

Soil Type: Loam, Sand, Clay

Height: 2-5 feet

Spread: 2 feet

Blooms: July, August, September

Root: Corm, Shallow fibrous roots

Habitat: Wet Prairies, Edges of Marshes and Bogs, Grassy fens, Calcareous seeps. This blazingstar is found primarily in higher quality natural areas, especially where it is sandy.

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Low garden areas, Wet Meadow plantings, Pond edges

Complimentary plants: Virginia Mountain Mint, Little Bleustem, Black-eyed Susan

Wildlife Value: The flowerheads are pollinated by bumblebees, long-horned bees, leaf-cutting bees, butterflies, and skippers. 

Seed Origin: Sudbury, ON (Northern Wildflowers seed supplier)

Germination Code: C(60)


Photo credits: #1 by Drew Avery, #2 by Guy Waterval

Liatris spicata - Dense blazing Star

  • This Liatris species is the most moisture-tolerant, preferring sunny, well-drained garden sites. Dense Blazingstar is a very attractive plant while in bloom, resembling a magic wand. It is a strong upright plant with grass-like leaves and has a feathery appearance, it's other common name is "Gayfeather". This flowering plant adds a lovely vertical dimension to the garden.

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