Liatris aspera - Rough Blazing Star
Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera) is a showy perennial with a slightly zig-zag stem and short stiff hairs on its central stem and short narrow basal leaves. Along the upper half of the stem is a spike of fluffy, deep purple flowers that mostly open at the same time. After bloom, the flowerheads turn brown as it matures and releases its seeds. The corms of this plant were known to be eaten by Native American tribes as an emergency survival food.
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 2' - 3'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: August, September
Attracts: Butterflies, Birds, Pollinators
LIATRIS (BLAZING STAR):
Liatris or Blazing Star is a genus of about 50 flowering plant species native to North America. They are perennials, and most Liatris species survive winters by resprouting shoots from underground corms. They have unique flowering heads that consist of tiny star-like blossoms densely packed around a long upright "bottle-brush" spire. The flowers are typically bright purple, but there are some species that are pink or white. Its narrow, grass-like foliage forms in a basal clump, and can turn a bronze color in the fall.
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