Liatris punctata

Gayfeather

  • Pink and Purple Liatris punctata, Liatris punctata, Gayfeather
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Prairie Blazing Star is the most drought tolerant of the genus and blooms in late summer with showy lavender-pink flower spikes. The roots have been documented to grow to depths of 14 feet into the prairie soils. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Shipping Shipping begins in early September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. More shipping info Learn More…
Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU 63750

Details

12-18" tall x 8-12" wide (seed propagated). Native to the western short grass prairies of the Great Plains and foothills of CO and NM, Liatris punctata is the most xeric of our Gayfeather species. Deep rooted and long lived, this species is the best choice for xeriscapes where it can be planted with Zinnia grandiflora, and Agastache rupestris for a superb late-summer, flowering display. Grows in a wide range of soils, including dry clay.
SKU 63750
Common Name Gayfeather
Botanical Name Liatris punctata
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink, Purple
Mature Height 12-18" tall
Mature Spread 8-12" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Native
Ideal Region Western Only, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Growing Liatris (Gayfeather or Blazing Star)
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:
  • Needs sandy/ gravelly and sandy loam type soils. Liatris unctate and L. mucronata will do fine in dry clay (I,e, clay soil in high spots, hillsides, raised beds).
  • Does best with a course textured mulch (pine needles, crushed pecan shells, small bark chips), as well as gravel when planted in a xeriscape.
  • Only requires deep but infrequent watering after the second growing season.
  • Plant in full, hot sun
  • Just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix in the planting hole is enough. Don’t plant into a rich, highly amended soil.
    • Special comments:
      • To encourage re-seeding, leave some flower spikes on the plants over the fall and winter months to disperse seeds.
        • Garden care:
        • 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.

    View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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    Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 5, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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    3.1

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    • Hardy (4)
    • Healthy (3)

    Cons

    • Small in size (3)

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    5.0

    Gorgeous bee magnets - have patience...

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    from North Texas

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    • Attractive
    • Hardy
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      Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

      The first year that I planted these, they did not put on much top growth and they had one very scrawny bloom. (I almost dug them up at the end of the season!) Fast forward 1 year, and they are gorgeous! Lots of healthy top growth and multiple multi-flower spikes per plant. Covered with native bees. So glad I did not dig them up that first year!

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      3.0

      never had a chance

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      from Denver, Co.

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

      These were included in a pre-planned garden. I gave up after replacing them 3 times. The squirrels loved them for some reason and would dig them up and leave them all over the yard. After the third time, I decided to replace them with something else.

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      1.0

      Avoid the 2.5 in pot. Plant are small and fragile.

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

          Love the notion of having this plant. However the plant in the 2.5 inch pot are tiny fail and small. Plant arrived and had about an inch of growth and two small grass looking leaves of growth. Had almost no root system babies this plant along all summer till it finally died. I would have never sent such a small unrooted plant to my customers. Avoid all plants from HCG in a 2.5 in pot.

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          4.0

          Mixed up!

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          from Golden, CO

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

          • Got 2 Of Them Wrong

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

          Beautiful healthy plants and I will order more. However, two of the plants sent were not punctata, but other related species, not native to my area. They are fine and healthy, still, but wrongly included in my order.

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          3.0

          Maybe Doesn't Like My Soil

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          from Parker, Colorado

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          Pros

          • Hasn't Died

          Cons

          • Didn't bloom
          • Small In Size

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

          We had an unusually wet summer, so maybe these guys were just mad about the moisture and soggy soil, but they didn't really do anything this year. I've purchased Liatris before from HCG and they did great at my old house. I bought more last fall for the new house and unfortunately they just didn't perform. The rabbits broke them off at the soil in early spring, and when they finally came back they only got about 6" tall and were very spindley. I'd still recommend them because like I said they performed very well at my old house.

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          5.0

          Beautiful plant - have patience

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          from Englewood, CO

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

            Have patience with this plant. Mine are three years old and are just comming into their full late summer/early fall glory for the first time. Bees are all over them. Ordering more soon to replace some goldenrod which is not meeting expectations (and can reseed at will).

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            1.0

            Bummed

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            from Parker, CO

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              • Arrived Small Weak
              • Did Not Come Back

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

              I'm in zone 5. I bought list last fall. It arrived small and weak. Everything else in my garden is growing like a weed, and both of the Liatris Punctata I bought have not come up.

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              3.0

              slow but hardy

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              from High desert 3300'), AZ

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

              This didn't take off the first year, and looked dead by fall. After several cold, 14 degree nights I was shocked to see it start growing this spring. It's been growing for about a month and is 5" tall. I hope it will flower this year.

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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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