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Common Name: Prairie Blazing Star, Gayfeather
Hardiness Zone: 3-9S/W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jul-Aug
Mature Height: 2-4' Spacing: 12-24"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Deer Resistance: Yes
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Commonly called Prairie Blazing Star for its habit of popping up in meadows, along train tracks, and in woodland clearings, Liatris pycnostachya is thought to be the tallest Liatris species offered in the nursery trade. The species name, pycnostachya, is Greek for ‘crowded,’ and it refers to upright flower spikes densely packed with tufted violet-purple flowers that open from top to bottom. These carefree perennials bloom in summer, creating a 2-4’ vertical attraction in mixed borders, meadow gardens, and fields. Pollinators love them. The drought-tolerant plants can handle a range of conditions including arid and clay soil, but they will not thrive in ground that is wet in winter.

Liatris is a small North American genus consisting of about 20 species. They are excellent for cutting, superb for drying, and beautiful in the border, especially planted in groups. Butterflies will flock to the blooms. Plants thrive in full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

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The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Latin Name Pronunciation: lye-ay'-triss   

Plant in well-drained, even dry, soil. Liatris spicata 'Kobold' also tolerates damp soil in summer (it will rot in soil that remains wet through the winter). It is often difficult to tell top from bottom on Liatris corms; when in doubt, plant them on their sides. Remove spent flower spikes to prevent the appearance of unwanted seedlings.