Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Zone 3 Flowers: Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)

Description: 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. Blazing Stars are sometimes called Gayfeathers or Snakeroot plants.

Hardy: Zone 3

Bloom Time: June - Early fall

Height: 1'-3'

Spacing: 2 feet

Sun Needs: Sun to part shade 

Water Needs: Medium- High 

Outstanding Features: Flowers, Attractive Foliage, Cut Flowers, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Butterflies, Drought Tolerant, Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow

Uses: Flower garden, butterfly garden

Tips: They do not like soggy soil during the winter months so good drainage is extremely important. Once established, Gayfeathers are fairly drought tolerant plants.

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