Liatris mucronata

Texas Blazing Star

Texas Blazing Star (Liatris mucronata) large, showy Blazing Star that blooms in late summer to attract numerous butterflies to its nectar-rich lavender-pink flowers.
Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Mature Plant Size 24-30" tall 18" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
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Size Plant - 2.5" Pot
SKU HC015376

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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$7.99
Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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SKU
HC015376

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24-30” 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.
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SKU
HC015376
Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Common Name
Texas Blazing Star
Botanical Name
Liatris mucronata
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Purple
Height
30 inches
Mature Height
24-30" tall
Mature Spread
18" wide
Bloom Time
Mid - Late Summer, Early - Mid Fall
Bloom Time
Late summer to fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise, Average
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages
Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Native
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
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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