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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)
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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:

  • Clumps of feathery purple or white flowers on long stalks
  • Flowers bloom in summer, usually in July-August
  • Flowers bloom from top to bottom along the stalks
  • Grass-like leaves
  • Grows 2-4 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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