Blazing Star

Liatris spicata

Quick Facts

  • Species

    Native

  • Habitat

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

  • Range

    Grows throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.

  • Status

    Stable

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.

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.

Did You Know?

  • The blazing star is also known as gayfeather because of its feathery flowers.
  • Its flowers attract honeybees, songbirds and butterflies. 

Sources and Additional Information

Quick Facts

  • Species

    Native

  • Habitat

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

  • Range

    Grows throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.

  • Status

    Stable