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Liatris mucronata

Bottlebrush Blazing Star

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Liatris mucronata (Bottlebrush Blazing Star)

Bottlebrush Blazing Star produces many, tightly clustered, 1/2 inch rosy-purple flower heads leafy wand-like spikes growing up to 2 1/2 feet tall. The narrow leaves are less than 1/4 inch wide and up to 6 inches long, giving the plant one of its common names. The rich nectar of Bottlebrush Blazing Star attracts hummingbirds and a wide variety of butterflies. In addition, its seeds are eaten by goldfinches and other songbirds. This sun-loving, drought-resistant plant occurs naturally on limestone glades, bald knobs, and dry prairies and is at home when planted in the rock garden.

Additional Information:


Height
-30 Inches

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Spread
12-18 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Red Violet


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe involucrata), Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), Missouri Primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa), White Primrose (Oenothera speciosa)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

UPL

Nature Attracting

Songbird
Butterfly
Beneficial Insects
Hummingbird

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Average

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower
Containers

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds
Butterfly Nectar