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Liatris pycnostachya

Prairie Blazing Star

Native to North America


This blazing star is the tallest Liatris species in cultivation.  Pycnostachya in Greek means crowded, and in this case it references the crowded leaves and flowers.  Some consider this plant too tall for the ornamental border, but excellent in all other situations.  


Height:

2-5 ft

Spread:

1-2 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

3-9

Bloom Color:

Purple, Rose

Liatris pycnostachya Characteristics

Attracts Wildlife

  • Songbirds
  • Pollinators
  • Butterflies

Exposure

  • Full Sun

Attributes

  • Dried Flower
  • Cut Flower
  • Clay Soil
  • Naturalizing
  • Interesting Foliage
  • Drought Tolerant

Deer Resistant

  • Deer Resistant

Flowering Months

  • August
  • July

Foliage Color

  • Green

Growth Rate

  • Fast

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Dry to Moist

Interesting Notes:

This blazing star is the tallest Liatris species in cultivation.  Pycnostachya in Greek means crowded, and in this case it references the crowded leaves and flowers.  


Plants that work well with Liatris pycnostachya ''

pearly everlasting pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
Big bluestem Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
Bushy bluestem Bushy bluestem (Andropogon glomeratus)
New England aster New England aster (Aster novae-angliae)
Purple stemmed aster Purple stemmed aster (Aster puniceus)
Thread leaf tickseed Thread leaf tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata)
Purple coneflower Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
PowWow White coneflower PowWow White coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow White')
White coneflower White coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan')
Purple coneflower Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow Wild Berry')
Hyssop leaved boneset Hyssop leaved boneset (Eupatorium hyssopifolium)
Common sneezeweed Common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
Ox-eye sunflower Ox-eye sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)
Grey-Headed Coneflower Grey-Headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)
Homestead purple verbena Homestead purple verbena (Verbena canadensis 'Homestead Purple')