Rocky Mountain Blazing Star
An American native best planted in drifts, Liatris is a free spirit in the border, in the meadow or in the wild garden. With striking vertical lines, these Blazing Stars add lift to the garden. From a tuft of grassy leaves, stiff, bottlebrush-shaped flowers top leafy stems.
Uniquely, buds burst to bloom from the top down. Coveted by florists for both fresh and dried blossoms, Liatris endures heat, likes well drained soil, and beckons butterflies and bees.
An exceptional nectar-rich beacon for Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies plus numerous other pollinators, the fluffy thistle-style clusters feature countless dark rose-purple disc florets with curly thread-like styles on splendid long-lasting terminal spires. This herculean central U.S. and Canadian denizen wields prismatic late summer vertical accents above a sturdy green basal tuft described by long narrow oblong leaves, whitish midribs and short niveous hairs. Abiding heat, lean soil, drought and humidity, but not winter wetness, Liatris ligulistylis can grace cut arrangements as well as prairie gardens, water-wise plantings and perennial borders alongside native cohorts such as Andropogon ‘Karl’s Cousin’, Eryngium yuccifolium and Monarda ‘Prairie Night’.
Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 15" wide.
Hardy to zone 3.
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