Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Grass-leaf Blazing-star (Liatris pilosa)
    Aster Family

    This Blazing-star stands out for its shorter, sturdy nature and late bloom time. Its smaller size lets it easily weave through the garden without overwhelming other plants. If you have multiple species of Liatris, you could have blooms beginning in June with L. spicata, and ending in November with this species. Liatris are important nectar sources for butterflies. The later bloom time of this species makes it particularly important for migrating monarchs in the fall. Plants prefer plenty of sun and lean soils, but can adapt to shadier conditions. Try planting with Maryland Golden Aster, Georgia Aster, Rough Goldenrod, or Pink Muhly Grass.

    Blooms: Purple, 4-6 weeks, Sep-Nov
    Leaves: Narrow grass like leaves are less conspicuous than other Liatris
    Height: 1-3’
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Average-Dry
    Exposure:  Full sun-Part sun-Part shade
    Fauna: Butterflies, long tongue bees, moth host plant
    Seeds: Long lasting, golden brown tufts of seeds remain attractive through the winter
    Deer Resistance: Low
    Zone: 6-9
    Native Status: NC native, common in the PIedmont and Sandhills, rare in the Mountains
    Provenance: NC, seed grown