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
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
Fall
Underground structures: Corm
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
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

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By dave on October 18, 2014

It's hard to figure out which plants are wildflowers and which ones aren't, so lists like these are hard to come up with. Nevertheless, with help from our members we made a list of areas of the database that qualify, and here's the top 50 most popular species from among them!

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Location: Woodbridge , VaDate: 2019-07-07
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Location: montana grandiflora gardenDate: 2014-07-22The clematis montana can be seen in the background.
By pirl
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Location: ILDate: 2016-07-16#Pollination Two Eastern Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa virginica)
By molanic
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Location: ILDate: 2014-07-19#Pollination Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis) on Liatr
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2015-06-28
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Location: TwispDate: July
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2011-05-29
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Location: Chippewa, PADate: 2015-07-02
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Location: Northern Illinois (Zone 5a)Date: 2014-07-26
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-08-28
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2015-06-28
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Location: ILDate: 2009-07-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-07-25#pollination   Moth is named the Astroide
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Date: 2020-03-267/8 in tall grown from seed indoors
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2004-08-07
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Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Location: In my gardenDate: 2015-07-19
By Calif_Sue
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Date: 2017-04-09
By pepper23
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Date: 2017-07-13One corm, first year plant...I love it!!!
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Date: 2019-04-23First growth from purchased  corms
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Courtesy Outsidepride
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2014-07-18
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Location: montana grandiflora gardenDate: 2014-07-22
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Location: montana grandiflora gardenDate: 2014-07-22
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Location: montana grandiflora gardenDate: 2014-10-07
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-07-13
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Location: Central Kansas (Zone 6b)Date: 2016-08-06
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Location: Woodbridge , VaDate: 2017-06-14
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Date: 2017-07-13
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Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden - Rock Island, Il.Date: 2011-07-02
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: Kamloops, BC, CanadaDate: 2010-07-18
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-07-05
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Location: montana grandiflora gardenDate: 2013-04-27
By pirl
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Location: montana grandiflora gardenDate: 2011-0721Garden setting
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Location: The ParkDate: 2014-05-15Day of planting in The Park at each front corner, full sun.
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Location: montana grandiflora gardenDate: 2014-07-22
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Location: montana grandiflora gardenDate: 2014-07-22
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Location: montana grandiflora gardenDate: 2014-07-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 7-18-07w/ 4 o'clocks
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Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-07-13
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-07-12
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-07-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-07-18
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Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-05-07
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Location: MississippiDate: 2013-06-19
By kchd
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-07-21
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-04-28
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-05-15
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-06-09
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Date: 2019-05-2735 corms 5 in spacing about 8 weeks after planting (with less sun
By jsf67
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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
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Catmint20906 On July 3, 2015 Bloomed
lovesblooms On March 1, 2020 Seeds sown
winter sow
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
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MrsBinWY On January 27, 2019 Seeds sown
25 seeds from 2018G in milk jug @ room temp
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