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Blazing star

Liatris selections

Blazing star

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.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
2-5 feet tall
Plant Width:
1-2 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Cut Flowers,Attracts Hummingbirds,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Liatris spicata 'Floristan White' may reach 3 feet tall. Its leafy stems carry long spikes of creamy white flower heads at their tips. Zones 4-9
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Liatris spicata 'Kobold' is one of the best varieties for cutting. Its robust spikes of bright purple flowers appear in early summer. It grows about 2 feet tall. Zones 4-9
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Plant It With
Shasta daisy

The rounded daisy flowers of Shasta daisy combine strikingly with blazing star's vertical purple flower spikes in sunny spots.


The yellow or bronzy daisies of helenium make a striking contrast against vibrant purple or white flower spikes of blazing star.


The cut silvery foliage of 'Powis Castle' artemisia cools and softens the strong magenta of blazing star.