Prairie Blazingstar

 - Liatris pycnostachya

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Sand, Loam, Clay
Moisture: Medium, Moist
Benefits: Butterflies, Pollinators, Birds, Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant
Height: 3'-5'
Blooms: Jul, Aug
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Color: Pink, Purple
Spacing: 6"-1'
Root: Corm
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Liatris pycnostachya is truly majestic with its spectacular spike of tightly bunched lavender flowers. The name pycnostachya is from the Greek for "crowded" - an apt description of the densely crowed flowers which begin blooming at the top and work their way down the single stem. The deer resistant Prairie Blazingstar makes an excellent cut flower and holds its color well when dried.

Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and moths all visit this plant, including the rare Glorious Flower Moth which feeds on the flowers and seed capsules of this and other Liatris species.

This is one of the few Liatris species that grows well in moist soils and in clay. For good plant growth sun and adequate moisture are required: dry conditions can cause leaf loss and too little sun may cause twisted growth. Blooming from July through August it is excellent in perennial borders, cutting gardens, prairie gardens or naturalized areas. It looks great with other natives including Purple Coneflower, Royal Catchfly, Rudbeckia triloba, Rattlesnake Master, Wild Quinine and prairie grasses in a formal or naturalized settings.

Also Known as: Prairie Gayfeather, Prairie Liatris, Kansas Gayfeather, Cattail Blazingstar, Hairy Button-Snakeroot
Habitat: prairies, open woods, meadows

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