Blazing Star - Prairie (Liatris pycnostachya)
Prairie Blazing Star matures to 4' in wet to medium soil conditions and will do well in poor soils such as clay. It grows best in full sun to partial shade, and blooms in July, August, and September. It makes an excellent cut flower. Like many Liatris species, when it begins to bloom it starts at the top and works its way down. The lower half of the plant is covered in thin, grass-like leaves. This is an excellent Liatris species to plant in wet-medium prairies and perennial gardens; butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds are attracted to it all summer.
Sun Exposure - Full, Partial
Soil Moisture - Wet, Medium-Wet, Medium
Height - 4 feet
Bloom Time - July, August, September
Bloom Color - Purple
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery.