Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Blazing Star Plant Profile

Blazing Star Plant Profile

Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) is a wildflower that is native to the Eastern United States.  It is also commonly known as Gayfeather. It is hardy to USDA zones 3 to 9.

It has a long blooming period from summer into early fall. The straight species has an upright wand of bright purple flowers. There are also cultivars that bloom in shades of pink and white.

Blazing Star is a terrific pollinator plant and in the fall birds eat the seeds. It is drought tolerant and deer resistant.

Blazing Star is low care. It needs to be planted in full sun and good draining soil for best performance. If placed in part sun, it can be floppy and need staking. If subjected to too wet soils, it can rot.

The corms (sometimes referred to as bulbs) are widely available by mail order or at your local garden center in the spring time. They can be planted right away for flowers that summer. If you start them from seed, it may take a few years before you see your first flowers. You can also purchase them as started plants in pots.

Though it is mostly known as a open meadow plant, it is does equally as well growing in the ground as in containers.

Blazing Star: You Can Grow That!

The video was produced by Washington Gardener Magazine as part of our Plant Profile series for Mid-Atlantic USA gardeners.

 Audio, video, and text by Kathy Jentz

Editing by Jamie Oberg

 Footage shot at the Mt. Cuba Center


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