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Rocky Mountain Blazing Star

Liatris

Blazing Stars

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.

Liatris ligulistylis (P-2237)

Each 10.50

PREORDER FOR SPRING 2024

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’.

Blooms July–September

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

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Current Staff’s Favorite Plant

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Our feature plant: Primula vulgaris ssp. sibthorpii

Precious Primulas, Prized Pulmonarias and Fabulous Foliage!

Primulas offer elaborately-crafted colorful blooms in varied shapes,……

including draped bells, candelabras, drumsticks and pincushions. Many Primrose flowers  waft a delectable scent. Second-to-none for the dappled recesses of your garden, these easily grown, cold-hardy Primulas crave well-drained, humus-rich niches with adequate moisture and good air circulation. They can grace containers or be planted in swaths along shady walkways or in woodland gardens. Be sure to peruse our online Primulas.

Prized Pulmonarias……

One of the earliest perennials to bloom, you can be picking their enchanting urn-shaped flowers in February while the rest of the garden still slumbers. Many cultivars showcase an array of mercury-hued dapples, speckles and spots, while others sport solid pewter sheens or striking silver streaks. Easy-to-grow Pulmonarias prefer the lacy light of a woodland setting plus cool moist soil. Our newsletter also includes a handful of other shade-loving perennials that promise alluring foliage. Many of these perennials can be partnered with Pulmonarias for intriguing foliar contrast. You may wish to check out our online Pulmonaria offerings.

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