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Liatris pycnostachya

Prairie Blazing Star

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Liatris pycnostachya (Prairie Blazing Star)

In July and August, unbranched stalks bear dense spikes of magenta flowers on strong stems. The flowers, which are nectar rich, are a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies while songbirds enjoy the seeds. Stunning in the landscape or in cut flower arrangements.

Additional Information:


Height
30-42 Inches

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Spread
12-24 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Purple


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum), Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FAC-

Nature Attracting

Butterfly
Songbird

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
High

Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower
Dried Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar
Food/Birds