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Liatris scariosa

Eastern Blazing Star

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Liatris scariosa (Eastern Blazing Star)

Eastern Blazing Star has violet to rosy purple flowers on tall spikes which bloom from the top downward. It is excellent for cut flower arrangements. This hardy and easy to cultivate flower grows well in lean to moderately fertile soil with good drainage and full sun. This is an excellent wildflower planted for a formal perennial garden or in a prairie meadow planting. Like other liatris species, Eastern Blazing Star attracts butterflies.

Additional Information:

30-60 Inches


18-24 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea), Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe involucrata), Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida), Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Yellow Coneflower (Echinacea paradoxa), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera), Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya), Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Nature Attracting

Beneficial Insects

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar