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Blazing Star

Botanical Name
Liatris spicata
Min Zone
3
Max Zone
9
Height
2 to 3 feet
Width
2 feet
Flowers
Mid summer to late fall: purple, rose, white
Light
Full sun (tolerates some shade)
Soil
Medium, well-drained (no wet feet in winter)
Planting & Care
  • Performs better in moist soils than other Liatris species
  • Intolerant of wet soils in winter
  • Space plants 18 to 24 inches apart
  • Plant rhizomes 1 to 2 inches deep
  • May need staking
Problems
None serious
Varieties
  • Kobold - 18 to 30 inches, compact, dark purple flowers
  • Snow Queen and Alba - white flowers

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