Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Prairie Blazing Star

Liatris pycnostachya
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment:
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Purple
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

30 to
50
inches

Spread:

12 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 30 to
50
inches
Spread: 12 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 30 to
50
inches
Spread: 12 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Perennial borders, cutting gardens, native plant gardens, butterfly gardens, naturalized areas, prairies or meadows.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Thrives in full sun and moist, well-drained soil but will grow in drier conditions.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower, Dried Flower
Basic Description

Unbranched stalks bear dense spikes of rose-purple, purple of violet flowers in July and August on strong stems. The nectar-rich flowers are a favorite with butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Songbirds love the seed.

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