Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Rough Blazing Star

Liatris aspera
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Purple
Fall Color:

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Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Hummingbird, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar, Food/Birds, Food/Small Animals
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

24 to
36
inches

Spread:

12 to
18
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: 12 to
18
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: 12 to
18
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Plant in the perennial border, native plant garden, cut flower garden, prairie or wildflower meadow.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in full sun in well-drained soil with average moisture.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

Tall stalks of rounded, fluffy, deep rosy purple flowers bloom in September. Most of the flowers open at the same time making it a good cut flower. Butterflies love the nectar. This is one of the last Liatris species to bloom.

Close-up of spent seed head looks like a tiny daisy.

Spent seed head of rough blazing star. Photo by E. Goss

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