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Blazing Star

Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet'

Bright violet flower spikes open from top to bottom on long stems.

Also known as Gayfeather. Widely grown as a commercial cut flower, this is selected from one of our native prairie wildflowers. Plants form a low clump of grassy looking leaves, bearing tall spikes of bright magenta-purple flowers beginning in midsummer. Very useful in the sunny border or meadow garden, or in containers. Drought tolerant. Attractive to butterflies. Clumps may be easily divided every 3 to 4 years in the spring. Plants may need to be staked.


Bloom Time:

Blooms mid summer to fall

Mature Height:

29-35 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

2-9 Find your zone


Full Sun,Partial Sun

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow at 50-65°F in high light keeping evenly moist, allow soil to dry slightly in between waterings. Once actively growing fertilizer can be applied. Keep foliage dry to avoid disease. Finishes in 8-10 weeks based on growing conditions.
Plants Per Gallon: 3
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 28
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: Low

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant 3 to 5 bulbs per gallon pot in well draining professional potting soil. Place bulbs pointy side up and cover bulbs with 2" of soil. Once planted, water well and apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Blazing Stars are easy to grow in moist, well-drained soil. Prefers full to partial sun.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.