Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) in the Gayfeathers Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 24 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Corm
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 2 months at 40 degrees
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Bees

The clematis montana can be seen in the background.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 2, 2014 8:27 PM

Liatris spicata is a Monarch Way Station plant, serving as a nectar source for Monarchs and other butterflies.

According to NPIN, this plant has special value to native & bumble bees.

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Plant Events from our members
christine2 On May 1, 2008 Obtained plant
Catmint20906 On July 3, 2015 Bloomed
lovesblooms On March 3, 2018 Seeds sown
winter sown
MrsBinWY On May 18, 2019 Potted up
13 pots
MrsBinWY On February 9, 2019 Seeds germinated
MrsBinWY On January 27, 2019 Seeds sown
25 seeds form 2018G in milk jug @ room temp
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