General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 6 - 12 inches
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Corm
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 2 months at 40 degrees.
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies

Common names
  • Rough Blazing Star
  • Button Blazing Star
  • Button Snakeroot
  • Blazing Star
  • Gayfeather
  • Tall Blazing Star
  • Tall Gayfeather

  • Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Aug 11, 2015 10:21 AM concerning plant:
    This plant is a butterfly magnet! It would be glorious to see if the whole plant would bloom all at once, but it starts at the top and works its way down. This is ideal because it provides food for a longer period of time.

    This site says they get up to 36 inches tall, which matches the description offered by the company I get most of my plants from. In my case, some of the plants have gotten as tall as I, and I am a little under 5 and a half feet. Many of mine are in part shade and we have mesic soil in those areas. The plant likes to expand, so this may be a concern for those who have a small space.
Plant Events from our members
MrsBinWY On May 8, 2016 Transplanted
8 out on 5-8-2016 on north side of front bed (by east end of short sidewalk)
MrsBinWY On January 2, 2016 Seeds sown
WS 12 seeds from kchd
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