Blazing Star Liatris Spicata

Blazing Star Liatris Spicata

August 23, 2022
Adams Fairacre Farms

Liatris spicata, commonly called Blazing Star, is a tall, upright, clump-forming perennial. It features spikes of rounded, fluffy, deep purple flower heads atop rigid, leafy flower stalks. One or more stalks arise from a tuft of narrow, grass-like, medium green leaves. Stem leaves gradually decrease in size toward the top. Summer bloomer. The feathery flower heads of liatris give rise to another common name of gayfeather.

Optimal Growing Conditions

Hardiness Zone
Zones 3-8

Sun Needs
Full Sun

Soil Needs
Average, well-drained soil

Water Needs

Appearance and Characteristics


Flower Color
Red-purple shades

Foliage Color
Green shades

Blooming Time
July to August

2-4 Feet

9-18 Inches

Plant Uses & Characteristics
Good cut flowers
Tolerant of heat & humidity
Attracts bees
Attracts butterflies
Attracts hummingbirds