Liatris spicata, the dense blazing star or prairie gay feather, is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the sunflower and daisy family Asteraceae. It is native to eastern North America where it grows in moist prairies and sedge meadows.
Does Liatris bloom all summer?
Liatris is a summer-blooming perennial with grassy foliage and fuzzy, bottle-brush flowers. Commonly known as blazing star or gayfeather, this North American wildflower makes an attractive addition to flower gardens, cutting gardens, landscaped areas and informal plantings.
An erect perennial native to the eastern United States extending as far south as Louisiana. The stiff, cylindrical spike is heavily concentrated with deep rose purple flowers. The blooms begin to open from the terminal end of the spike and slowly descend toward the base. Prefers a moist, well drained, fertile soil in full sun. Must be patient, may take two to three years to become established from seed.
Suggested Use: Accent along fence lines, cut flower gardens. Miscellaneous: The bulb of the plant can be transplanted for first year flowers. Has a vase life of 6 to 10 days. Excellent dried flower.
Average Planting Success: 50%
Height: 2 - 6 feet
Germination: 20 - 45 days
Optimum Soil Temp. for Germination: 60°F - 75°F
Sowing Depth: 1/8"
Blooming Period: June - September
Seeds/Pkt: 100 - Covers 15 sq. ft.
1 oz Covers: 272 sq. ft.
BENEFITS & USES
The blazing star had several medicinal uses among the native peoples of North America. The roots were ground and used as a pain reliever for headache, arthritis, and earaches. The roots were also used to treat fevers and the leaves were used as a treatment for upset stomach and an antiseptic wash.
Native to moist low prairie lands and marsh edges, yet also drought tolerant due to its deep root structure. Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: Attractive to a variety of bees, butterflies, and birds.
Dense Blazing Star Wildflower Organic Naturally Grown
HOW TO SEW
Liatris can easily be grown from seed. Start indoors or sow directly in the garden in early spring. Seeds should germinate in 20-45 days. Seed germination is improved after a pretreatment of 4 to 6 weeks of cold moist stratification or when planted outside in the fall or early winter.
HOW TO CARE
Pruning Deadhead regularly then cut stems down to the ground in winter.
Pests Generally pest free.
Diseases Generally disease free.
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