Blazing star, gayfeather

Liatrus spicata

Photo/Illustration: 
David Cavagnaro
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Blazing star, gayfeather (Liatrus spicata)
lee-AT-tris spih-KAY-tah
Genus:  Liatris
This hardy herbaceous perennial has grass-like, strappy leaves and 3- to 5-foot-tall spikes of purple-pink flowers in late summer and early fall. Native to the eastern and southern United States, this tough perennial prefers reliably moist soil but will tolerate drought. It provides a bold, vertical element to mixed borders and attracts bees and butterflies. It has been observed to be resistant to deer browsing and self-sows freely. The flowers are suitable for cutting.
Care:  Provide full sun and reliably moist, well-drained soil.
Propagation: 

 Sow seed in fall or divide in spring.

Problems: 

 Rusts and leaf spots may occur.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Fall Interest,
Low-Maintenance,
Summer Interest,
Sun
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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