Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)

Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)

Tall, bright stems loaded with flowers make this an eye-catching plant and favorite of hummingbirds, butterflies, and pollinators. Grows in a clump that can produce dozens of flower stems. Can handle wet, clay soils–perfect for rain gardens and shoreline restorations.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Wet, Medium
Height:    4 feet
Blooms:    July, Aug, Sept
Color:    Purple
Spacing:    12-18″
Zones:    3-9
Benefits:    Butterflies, Pollinators, Birds, Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant

Design Tips

Prairie Blazing Star’s tall form should be planted near the middle or back of gardens. Perfect for medium-wet and clay soils.

Companion Plants

Prairie Coreopsis
Marsh Milkweed
Cardinal Flower
Early Sunflower