Blazing Star – Item #4619


This native prairie wildflower, also known as gayfeather, is a nectar-rich favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds. Its dense, bright purple flower spikes bloom from the top down atop long, sturdy stems springing from mounds of slender, grasslike leaves. Leave the dried seed heads on the stem as winter food for songbirds. Deer resistant.

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Additional information

Weight 1 g
Dimensions .125 × 3.25 × 4.5 in

Planting & Harvesting

Seed Depth: barely cover

Spacing: 8″ (20cm)

Sprouts In: 20-45 days

Thinning: 20″ (51cm)

Blazing Star requires exposure to moist soil and cool temperatures to germinate and will do best when planted outdoors in late fall or early winter. Or sow seeds in early spring, but don’t expect flowers until the following season. Sow directly in well-drained, average soil and full sun. Seeds require light and moisture to germinate. Blazing Star grows and blooms best with regular light watering, but will tolerate drought once established. Do not over water. Divide mature plants as they become crowded to encourage air circulation.

Cold stratify spring sown seeds prior to planting to improve germination. Place seeds in a plastic bag with moist (not wet) seed starting medium and store in the refrigerator for eight weeks prior to planting.

Additional Information

Botanical Name: Liatrus spicata

Height: 24-48″ (61-122cm)

Bloom Period: midsummer to fall

Type: perennial