Texas Blazing Star
Details24-30” tall, 18” wide. Liatris mucronata is a large, showy Blazing Star, This liatris species blooms in late summer with an amazing display of tall, lavender-pink flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators. Our variety comes from the plains of northern TX and is a more xeric choice than L. ligulistylus and L. aspera and is best for drier planting sites. Texas Blazing Star (Liatris mucronata) is a resilient species native to the hot, humid regions of the south-central US like TX, OK and the southern Great Plains. Leave standing over winter to provide seeds for birds. Cut back in mid-spring.
|Common Name||Texas Blazing Star|
|Botanical Name||Liatris mucronata|
|Zones||5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||24-30" tall|
|Mature Spread||18" wide|
|Bloom Time||Late summer to fall|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Average, Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Native|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
This is a group of summer blooming native wildflowers that are easy-to-grow and provide an ample late season nectar supply for butterflies. Liatris are resistant to browsing rabbits. These perennials stay dormant later in the spring than many plants, so be patient. Because they naturally stay asleep longer into the spring, we will ship dormant plants early in the planting season. It’s ideal to plant dormant plants; don’t up-pot them for planting later in the growing season. Water in dormant plants thoroughly at planting time and water very sparingly, or not at all, until they begin to push new growth as the weather warms. Preferred growing conditions:
- To encourage re-seeding, leave some flower spikes on the plants over the fall and winter months to disperse seeds.
- Fertilize Liatris just once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
- Liatris plants have long tap roots once established and should not be divided or transplanted once established.
- Leave Liatris varieties standing over the winter and cut back to 1-2" inches above the soil in mid- to late spring when the plants begin to wake up.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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