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Valued for its unusual flower shape, blazing star sends up erect spires of usually magenta, sometimes white flowers. Emerging from grasslike foliage, the blooms make a dramatic statement in flower gardens with other perennials, annuals, or even shrubs. Well-drained but moisture-retentive soil is a must for this prairie native.
The rounded daisy flowers of Shasta daisy combine strikingly with blazing star's vertical purple flower spikes in sunny spots.Helenium
The yellow or bronzy daisies of helenium make a striking contrast against vibrant purple or white flower spikes of blazing star.Artemisia
The cut silvery foliage of 'Powis Castle' artemisia cools and softens the strong magenta of blazing star.