Scaly Blazing Star

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.
Zones4 - 8
Advantages
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Attract Butterflies
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Easy To Grow
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Attract Hummingbirds
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Attract Birds
bee-friendly
Bee Friendly
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Native
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Low Maintenance
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Good For Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
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Full Sun
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Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Water Tolerance
Low-Water
Mature Height 24" tall
Mature Spread12" wide
Bloom TimeMid summer to early fall
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Item Package SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot
SKUHC017883

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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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).
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SKUHC017883
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
Scaly Blazing Star
Botanical Name
Liatris squarrosa
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Purple
Mature Height
24" tall
Mature Spread
12" wide
Bloom Time
Mid summer to early fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Waterwise
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Easy To Grow, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Native, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Ships To 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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