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Prairie Blazing Star

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An upright clump-forming plant that towers to the sky with its tall flower spikes; visually spectacular when massed together along a border or as a garden accent; easily grown, hardy and disease resistant

Characteristics

Species:
pychnostachya
Other Species Names:
Gayfeather
Average Landscape Height:
24 inches (5 feet with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Liatris
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
towering
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Flower Color:
violet
Flower Period:
from mid summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Prairie Blazing Star has masses of beautiful spikes of violet flowers rising above the foliage from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its grassy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Prairie Blazing Star is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Prairie Blazing Star will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 5 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

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