Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Dwarf Blazing-star (Liatris microcephala)
    Aster Family
    This diminutive Blazing star is perfect for a sunny, dry, front border location. Small grass-like basal foliage gives rise to multiple flowering stems with rosy purple flowers in late summer. It prefers particularly lean soils, and will not tolerate being too wet over winter. It pairs nicely with Little Bluestem, Royal Catchfly, Butterfly Milkweed, and Purple Coneflower.
    Purple, 3-4 weeks, Aug-Sep
    Leaves: Grass-like spikes
    Height: 1-2
    Space: 1-2'
    Soil: Average- Dry, lean, sandy/rocky
    Exposure:  Full sun-Part sun
    Fauna: Butterflies, bees, flies
    Seeds:  Small grayish tufts appear up the stem

    Deer Resistance: Medium
    Zone: 6-9
    Native Status: NC native, rare in the Piedmont and Mountains
    Provenance: Unknown, seed grown