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
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.