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

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

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  • Posted by mmolyson (Lilburn, GA - Zone 7b) on Nov 1, 2020 6:28 PM concerning plant:
    According to research published by Chicago Bot Garden ( 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
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
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
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