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     A popular garden plant, Blazing Star features spikes of small, purple flowers that, unconventionally, bloom from the top down.


     Blazing Star likes moist soil and grows naturally in sunny wet areas.  It also makes a great cut flower.


     It's a low-maintenance flower that attracts songbirds, hummingbirds, bumblebees, butterflies and moths.


Dense Blazing Star

1 Quart
    • Latin: Liatris spicata
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Wetland status: FAC
    • Height: 3-4 feet tall, up to 6 feet; 1 foot wide
    • Spacing: 1-2 feet
    • Light: Full sun
    • Soil: Moist, adaptable
    • Bloom: Pink, purple spikes of summer flowers
    • Foliage: Deciduous, narrow, deep green
    • Pair with: Joe Pye Weed, Sneezeweed
    • Landscape: Best planted en masse; pollinator or butterfly garden, raingarden; good alternative to nonnative Loosestrife
    • More photos and native range here


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