Liatris pycnostachya - Prairie Blazing Star
Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya) is a showy perennial with a coarse, hairy stem. Its short, fuzzy, grass-like leaves crowd the lower portion of the stem. The upper half of the stem forms a dense spike of purple tufted flowers that gives it a fuzzy appearance. After bloom, its flowerheads and grassy foliage turn bronze in the fall. Prairie Blazing Star is the tallest of the blazing stars reaching heights of five feet, and make great background plants to lower-growing perennials.
Soil Moisture: Moderate, Wet
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 3' - 5'
Spread: 1' - 2'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: July, August
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, 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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