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Liatris spicata - Blazing Star/Gayfeather

Perennials

Liatris spicata

Blazing Star

Liatris spicata, also known as Blazing Star or Gayfeather, is a tall, upright, clump-forming perennial featuring spikes of rounded, fluffy, deep purple flower heads appearing atop erect, leafy stalks. One or more stalks arise from a tuft of narrow, grass-like leaves. A Southern Missouri native that is drought tolerant, attracts butterflies and bees, and makes excellent cut flowers.

Additional:

MSD Stormwater BMP Native plant used in Bioretention & Organic Filters-Formal applications

Blazing Star Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Generally performs better in moist soils but is intolerant of wet soils in winter.

Height:

24-48 Inches

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Spread:

12-18 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Liatris spicata

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Songbirds
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Attributes
Mass Planting
Cut Flower
Native
Drought Tolerant
Dried Flower
Edging
Focal Point
Border or Bed
Great Companion Plants for Liatris spicata
Tickseed Tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam')
Tickseed Tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora 'Presto')
Coneflower Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Butterfly Kisses')
Coneflower Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan')
Lavender, English Lavender, English (Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote')
Sage, Meadow Sage, Meadow (Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Sky Blue')
Grass, Little Bluestem Grass, Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium )
Sea Holly Sea Holly (Eryngium xzabelli 'Neptune's Gold')
Blanket Flower Blanket Flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Goblin')
Common Milkweed Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca )
Blanket Flower Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Red Shades')
Sea Holly Sea Holly (Eryngium planum 'Blue Hobbit')
Dwarf Garden Phlox Dwarf Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Bambini Desire')
Boxwood Boxwood (Buxus 'Green Velvet')
Bellflower Bellflower (Campanula carpatica 'Pearl Deep Blue')
Bachelor's Button Bachelor's Button (Centaurea montana 'Amethyst in Snow')
Dwarf Garden Phlox Dwarf Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Pixie Miracle Grace')
Similar Plants to Liatris spicata
Speedwell Speedwell (Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles')
Blazing Star Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis )