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Blazing Star

Liatris spicata

Blazing star has clumps of feathery purple or white flowers on the tops of long stalks. (Drew Avery/Flickr)
Blazing star has clumps of feathery purple or white flowers on the tops of long stalks. (Drew Avery/Flickr)

Blazing star is a native perennial plant with clumps of feathery purple or white flowers that bloom in summer.

Appearance:

The blazing star has clumps of feathery purple or white flowers on long stalks that bloom in summer, usually in July to August. The flowers bloom from top to bottom along the stalks. It has grass-like leaves. The plant grows 2 to 4 feet tall.

Habitat:

Found in moist meadows, marshes and open areas. Grows in full or partial sun.

Range:

Grows throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Reproduction and Life Cycle:

After blooming, flowers mature into seed heads. Wind, animals and other natural disturbances spread the seeds in autumn. Underground bulbs/tubers can be divided to form new plants.

Other Facts:

  • Also known as gayfeather because of its feathery flowers
  • Attracts honeybees, songbirds and butterflies

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