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Liatris spicata

Marsh Blazing Star

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Liatris spicata (Marsh Blazing Star)

This blazing star is similar in its flowering appearance to Prairie Blazing Star (L. pycnostachya) except it has smooth stems and the flower heads are more rounded. Blooms midsummer to early fall in mesic to wet prairies. A good choice for rain gardens and moist landscapes.

Additional Information:


Height
18-36 Inches

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Spread
12-18 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Purple


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Black Cohosh (Actaea podocarpa), Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium), Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida), Prairie Willow (Salix humilis), Blue Sage (Salvia azurea), Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FAC

Nature Attracting

Butterfly

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
High

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar