Liatris spicata (Blazing Star)


Liastris is a native blooming perennial in Ohio.  Spiky upright flowers can be white or purple, based in thin strappy foliage resembling grass.  Butterflies love them and they make an excellent cut flower.

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Plant Details

Height: 29"-35"
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Bloom Length: 4-6 weeks
Self Reproduction: By seed in uncrowded conditions, small corms
Cut Flower: Yes
Dries Well: Yes
Note: Typical bloom color is purple but there are also pink and white cultivars.

Plant Requirements

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Well draining
Moisture: Moist but not soggy
Spacing: 12"
Feeding: If needed, add compost or a balanced fertilizer in the spring before growth starts.

Propagation From Seed

Days To Maturity: 2 years
When To Sow: 4-6 weeks before last frost after stratification
Stratification: 3 months cold and moist
Is Light Needed for Germination?: Yes
Seed Depth: Do not cover
Germination Time: 3-4 weeks
Note: Liatris is a perfect candidate for winter sowing.