Liatris, Blazing Star
Also known as: Liatris spicata, Gayfeather, Dense Blazing Star
Dense Blazingstar, also know as Gayfeather, produces bold purple flower stalks late in the season (late summer to early fall) after other blazingstars are finished. This clump-forming plant has a delicate tuft of grass-like foliage at its base from which one or more stalks will grow. The leaves become sparse as they move up the rigid stems. Commonly reaching four feet in height, it can grow 5′ – 6′ high in ideal conditions. Liatris spicata is native to moist meadows and marsh margins but is more common in flower gardens than in the wild. It is highly adaptable and easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils.
A standard component of butterfly gardens, water feature margins, rain gardens, and naturalized moist prairies. The flowers are excellent for attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbird moths. Birds feed on the seeds in fall.
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Light: Full Sun (best) to part shade
Mature Growth: 5-6 feet
Soil: Average, medium, well drained. Tolerate: Drought, Clay Soil
Habitat: Moist low grounds, meadows and marsh margins.
Blooms: Spring into summer
Wildlife: Flowers are attractive to butterflies, bees & other pollinators