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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Common names
  • Blazing Star
  • Gayfeather
  • Dense blazing star
  • Marsh blazing star
  • Dense gayfeather
  • Button Snakewort
  • Button Snakeroot
  • Prairie Gayfeather

Photo Gallery
Location: Woodbridge , Va
Date: 2019-07-07
Location: montana grandiflora garden
Date: 2014-07-22
The clematis montana can be seen in the background.
Location: IL
Date: 2014-07-19
#Pollination Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis) on Liatr
Location: in a private garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 2003-06-16
Liatris spicata [Kansas Gayfeather]
Location: IL
Date: 2016-07-16
#Pollination Two Eastern Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa virginica)
Location: Switzerland, in my garden
Date: 2016-07-21
#Pollination
Location: Chippewa, PA
Date: 2015-07-02
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-05
Cyanotype
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-06-24
Location: my Zone 7b garden in North Georgia Mountains
Date: 2023-03-13
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2016-06-27
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA
Date: 2021-06-21
Location: Twisp
Date: July
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2015-06-28

Date: 2021-06-22
Location: Northern Illinois (Zone 5a)
Date: 2014-07-26
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2011-05-29
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2011-08-06
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-03
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: June 16, 2022
Blazing Star #230; RAB p. 1183, 179-30-1; LHB p. 1023, 194-86-4;
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: June 16, 2022
Blazing Star #230; RAB p. 1183, 179-30-1; LHB p. 1023, 194-86-4;
Location: Germany
Date: 2021-08-08
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: June 16, 2022
Blazing Star #230; RAB p. 1183, 179-30-1; LHB p. 1023, 194-86-4;
Location: IL
Date: 2009-07-09
Location: Chicago
Date: 2020-07-12
Uploaded by cocoajuno
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-07-25
#pollination   Moth is named the Astroide

Date: 2017-04-09
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-08-28

Date: 2020-03-26
7/8 in tall grown from seed indoors
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2004-08-07
Location: Canton, OH
Location: South Carolina
Location: The Park
Date: 2014-05-15
Day of planting in The Park at each front corner, full sun.
Location: montana grandiflora garden
Date: 2014-07-22
Location: montana grandiflora garden
Date: 2014-07-22

Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2015-06-28

Date: 2019-04-23
First growth from purchased  corms

Date: 2017-07-13
One corm, first year plant...I love it!!!
Location: Apple Valley MN
Date: 2018-05-18

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
Location: Chicago
Date: 2020-07-12

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-08-10
Location: In my garden
Date: 2015-07-19
Location: montana grandiflora garden
Date: 2013-04-27
Location: montana grandiflora garden
Date: 2014-07-22

Courtesy Outsidepride
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Redding, CA
Date: 2019-07-08
Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden - Rock Island, Il.
Date: 2011-07-02

Date: 2019-05-27
35 corms 5 in spacing about 8 weeks after planting (with less sun

photo credit: H. Zell

photo credit: H. Zell
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-05-22
Literally pushing its way up through the ground.

Date: 2017-07-13
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-07-01
Buds have turned from green to purple.
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-07-21
Location: montana grandiflora garden
Date: 2014-10-07
Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8
Date: 2014-07-18
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Woodbridge , Va
Date: 2017-06-14
Location: Kamloops, BC, Canada
Date: 2010-07-18

Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-07-13
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-05-18
Popped right up after a rainy day.
Location: Central Kansas (Zone 6b)
Date: 2016-08-06
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-04-28
Location: montana grandiflora garden
Date: 2011-0721
Garden setting
Location: montana grandiflora garden
Date: 2014-07-22
Location: montana grandiflora garden
Date: 2014-07-22
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-06-09
Location: Twisp
Getting close to bloom time
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-08-25
Location: Massab Acres, Taylor, MI
Date: 2010-07-10
Location: Massab Acres, Taylor, MI
Date: 2010-07-10
Location: Massab Acres, Taylor, MI
Date: 2010-07-10
Location: Massab Acres, Taylor, MI
Date: 2010-07-10
Location: Massab Acres, Taylor, MI
Date: 2010-07-10
Location: Massab Acres, Taylor, MI
Date: 2010-07-10

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
Uploaded by duane456

photo credit: H. Zell
Location: Central Kansas (Zone 6b)
Date: 2015-05-11
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-05-15

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2011-10-20
along the roadside
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2011-10-20
growing in the wild
Location: western Oregon
Date: 2015-12-26
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-07-11
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-07-22
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-07-18
Location: central Illinois
Date: 7-18-07
w/ 4 o'clocks
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-04-24
Just emerging from the ground from corms.
Location: Central Kansas (Zone 6b)
Date: 2016-07-14
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-05-07
Location: Central Kansas (Zone 6b)
Date: 2016-07-14
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-07-13
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-07-12
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2023-07-03
Uploaded by robertduval14
Location: Museum of Toulouse
credit: Roger Culos
Location: Mississippi
Date: 2013-06-19
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-06-09
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-06-09
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-07-27
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-31
Location: Hidden Hills CA
Date: 2013-04-21
Location: Tennessee
Courtesy Sunlight Gardens, www.sunlightgardens.com
Location: Central Kansas (Zone 6b)
Date: 2016-07-26
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-06-09
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-07-05

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Comments:
  • Posted by mmolyson (Lilburn, GA - Zone 7b) on Nov 1, 2020 6:28 PM concerning plant:
    According to research published by Chicago Bot Garden (https://www.chicagobotanic.org...) this species of Liatris and several others are self-incompatible. You need at least two plants blooming at the same time plants to collect any good seed, and at that, there will still be many infertile seeds. When saving seeds remember that the seed coat is produced even when a fertilized embryo is not present, so seeds may look "normal". To check a seed see if it bends in your fingers, if it does it is empty. Good seed should be solid and not bend once dried.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 2, 2014 8:27 PM concerning plant:
    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.

Plant Events from our members
Catmint20906 On July 3, 2015 Bloomed
christine2 On May 1, 2008 Obtained plant
5
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
1
MrsBinWY On January 27, 2019 Seeds sown
25 seeds from 2018G in milk jug @ room temp
antsinmypants On April 15, 2021 Plant emerged
antsinmypants On December 27, 2020 Seeds sown
WS - Jug 11
dnrevel From January 11, 2021 to January 10, 2021 Seeds sown
Winter sown, Seed from DnD Seed Swap
WebTucker On June 16, 2022 Bloomed
SuperHappyCamper On February 10, 2023 Obtained plant
Purchased from Lowe's.
dragonfetti On October 16, 2023 Potted up
Planted in tubs 1 & 5.
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