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Liatris spicata / Dense Blazing Star (Aster Family)

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Its long bloom time and numerous, nectar-rich flowers make Blazing Star a butterfly garden must-have. You’ll be amazed at how many swallowtails can fit on one flowering stalk! The long wands of this plant can lean wildly in the garden, making them look like fireworks going off. Too much fertilizer, not enough sun, and poor companion planting can all lead to heavy flopping in Blazing Star. Try planting with early blooming Goldenrods, Switchgrass, Butterfly Milkweed, or Purple Coneflower. This is one of the most moisture tolerant Liatris, but will not appreciate being too wet over winter.
Blooms: Purple, 4-6 weeks, July-Sep
Leaves: Medium green, simple, linear, 2-16”, being longest at the bottom
Height: 3-6’
Space: 1-2’
Soil: Average-moist 
Exposure: Full sun 
Fauna: Butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, and bees
Seeds: Small fluffs of golden brown seed heads cover the tall flowering stalk
Deer Resistance: Low
Zone: 3-9
Native Status: NC native, common in the Piedmont and Mountains
Provenance:  Unknown, seed grown, may show hybrid characteristics with L. pycnostachya