Close-up of the flower buds and fluffy purple flowers of Liatris spicata (Dense Blazing Star).

Liatris spicata (Dense Blazing Star) Unity Grown

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Liatris spicata (Dense Blazing Star) is a tall, upright, clump-forming native perennial which occurs naturally moist lowlands, meadows, and marsh margins. Typically growing 2-4' tall in cultivation, Liatris spicata can reach a height of 6' in some parts of its native habitat, typically the more southern reaches, but for the first part of its life cycle, the plant resembles a clump of tall grass. Dense blazing star begins flowering from mid to late summer, and produces a dense spike of fluffy, purple inflorescences around a central stalk. One or more of these flower stalks arise from the plant's basal leaves, and these stalks make up the bulk of the plant's height and structure.

A great pick for a wetlands project, a rain garden, or a pollinator garden, Liatris spicata flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators, and small seeds which begin appearing in early fall are attractive to songbirds.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Wide Tolerance and Well-drained
Soil Type: Poor, Rich Organic Matter, and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer
Flower Color: Purple
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, and Erosion Control
Tolerances: Wet Soil Tolerant and Clay Soil Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Meadow, Rain Garden, and Wetland Restoration

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