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Full Sun to Partial Shade
|Minimum cold hardiness:
||Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
|Maximum recommended zone:
||36 - 60 inches
||6 - 12 inches
Late summer or early fall
||Provides winter interest
||Stratify seeds: 2 months at 40 degrees
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
|Propagation: Other methods:
||Moths and Butterflies
- Prairie Blazing Star
- Thickspike Gayfeather
- Kansas gayfeather
- Cat-tail gayfeather
- Tall Blazing Star
- Cattail Gayfeather
- Button Snakeroot
- Blazing Star
Posted by jmorth
(central Illinois) on Nov 23, 2011 2:34 AM concerning plant:
A prairie wildflower in Illinois; also found along RR tracks and fens. Flower heads form long dense spike to 12". Spike can be air-dried for winter applications.
Also known as gayfeather.
Cultured varieties grown for the cut flower market.
Posted by Cyclaminist
(Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on Apr 30, 2016 11:27 PM concerning plant:
Prefers moist soil. I have it planted in a rain garden that sometimes dries out in the summer, and it tends to wilt. Liatris aspera, which is more drought-tolerant, would have been a better choice.
Very similar to Liatris spicata: they are both tall with thick spikes of small flowers. Can be distinguished by the shape of the bracts around the tiny flowerheads. L. pycnostachya has bract tips that curl back; L. spicata has bracts that lie flat.
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||On January 2, 2016
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