Liatris spicata
Dense Blazing Star

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantPart ShadeBird Friendly
Dense Blazing Star
Liatris spicata

Tallest of the genus with upright spikes bearing pinkish-purple tassels in July and August. One of the best garden performers! An excellent cut flower and a magnet for butterflies, bees, rare moths and hummingbirds. Deer resistant!

Attracts tiger swallowtail, clouded sulphur, orange sulphur, gray hairstreak, aphrodite fritillary, painted lady, red admiral, and wood nymphs. The caterpillars of the rare Glorious Flower Moth feed on the flowers and seed capsules of this and other Liatris species.  Looks great with other Liatris species, Echinacea (Coneflower), Silene (Royal catchfly), and prairie grasses in a formal or naturalized meadow garden.     


Hummingbird and butterfly magnate!
Beautiful pink to purple blossoms flower from the top down
Attracts all kinds of native bees
Great for late season color in the garden
Easy to grow and drought tolerant

Native Range

Native from New Jersey to Michigan and south to Florida and Louisiana. Grows in moist, wood openings, mesic prairies and marsh edges.

Interesting Facts

Most flowers begin to bloom from the bottom of the stem to the top. Liatris does just the opposite and blooms from the top to the bottom.   


An easy to grow perennial with a preference for dry to average, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerant of poor soils, drought, summer heat and humidity but will not tolerate wet soils in winter. 

Mature Size: 3-5ft. Tall x 2-ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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