Liatris / Blazing Star
Common Name: Blazing Star
Liatris species can be used for prairie restoration and landscaping, roadside plantings and wildlife food and habitat. Their attractive purple flowers, which provide forage for many bee and butterfly species, makes them ideal for regional wildflower and pollinator gardens.
Throughout the United States and Canada, east of the Rockies
Average to dry
Liatris pycnostachya (prairie blazing star), as its name suggests, is native to prairies and rocky, open areas. It is a showy, routinely available species, its wands of rose-lavender blossoms being a magnet for many native bee and butterfly species. It is a favorite of long-tongued bumble bees. It is one of the few Liatris species that can tolerate moist soils, typical of garden settings.
Liatris aspera (tall blazing star, rough blazing star) is a highly drought-tolerant species, found as a native plant in dry plains, prairies and thin woods. It is commercially available for use in gardens, producing wands of pink or purple flowers in late summer that attract a variety of pollinators, including short-tongued bumble bees.