Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Button Blazing-star (Liatris aspera)
    Aster Family
    Large, showy, button-like flowers make perfect landing pads for all the butterflies that will flock to this blazing star. Like all blazing stars, blooming starts from the top down, making for an extended bloom time and plenty of nectar for all of the long-tongued pollinators. This blazing star blooms later than most others and can help extend the purple fireworks show in your garden. Plant in lean, average to dry soil and do not fertilize–rich garden soil will promote flopping. Plant among other tall plants if possible to provide support and competition.
    Blooms: Purple, 2-3 weeks, Aug-Sept
    Leaves: Green-gray, lanceolate, 12” long, whirling up the stem
    Height: 2-5’ 
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Average-Dry
    Exposure:  Full sun
    Fauna: Butterflies, moths, skippers, long tongue bees
    Seeds: Tall flowering stalk turns into an attractive tan color as seeds ripen
    Deer Resistance: Low
    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC Native, uncommon in the Piedmont and Mountains
    Provenance: WV, seed grown