Scaly Blazing Star (Liatris squarrosa) is a tall, summer-blooming native wildflower with pink to light purple flowers held loosely on sturdy flower spikes. One of the earliest Liatris species to bloom, it attracts native bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to the nectar-rich flowers. A tough, drought-tolerant plant for low-maintenance xeric gardens.
Scaly Blazing Star (Liatris squarrosa) is a native wildflower with pink to light purple flowers held loosely on sturdy flower spikes. A great pollinator plant, summer flowers attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Liatris squarrosa is a taller growing Blazing Star with a broad native range across the West, Midwest, and Eastern US, with many populations found in the Southeast. It does best in drier conditions and prefers a wide range of non-clay soils, especially rocky or sandy soil. Plant it in full sun and combine it with other meadow species like Ironweed (Vernonia), Goldenrod (Solidago), and ornamental grasses like Undaunted Ruby Muhly (Muhlenbergia), Aster, Echinacea, and Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium).
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.
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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