A striking accent for the garden with its architectural structure and tassels of pollinator attracting flowers!
An erect, slender perennial with linear, grass-like leaves and a showy flower. The tall spikes of rayless, pinkish-purple closely set flower heads bloom from the top down. Protruding styles give the flower an overall feathery appearance. Tolerant of much (poor soils, heat, humidity, and some drought), but avoid wet winter soils. Attracts butterflies and bees.
Dwarf blazing star is just what the name suggests – a mini Liatris! Deep rose-purple flowers. This species will grow in most average well drained garden soils but will flop if soil is too rich or moist. It flourishes in xeric-types sites with full sun and lean dry soils. A good accent plant, edging plant and green-roof plant; also use in rock gardens and containers!
Height: 1.5-2 ft.
Spread: 0.75-1 ft.
Bloom time: July
Sun: full sun
Water: dry to medium
According to Rutgers University, Liatris are “seldom severely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: David J. Stang