Liatris spicata

Gayfeather or Blazing Star

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  • Rosy purple flower spikes that start blooming from the top down in July
  • Ribbon foliage
  • Vertical habit
  • Widely tolerant of drought, humidity, wet, and poor soils
  • Important nectar plants for hummingbirds, butterflies and native bees

Height: 36-60 in
Spread: 24 in

Zone: 3-9
Color: Pinkish purple

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Humming-birds


  • Tolerates Clay Soil
  • Border or Bed
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Native
  • Cut Flower/Foliage
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Mass Planting
  • RainGarden
  • Water's Edge / Bog Plant
  • Drought Tolerant

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Clump forming

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Water Garden
  • Moist, Well-Drained

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