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Botanical Name:

Liatris spicata

Common Name(s):

Image of blazing star

Liatris spicata
Photo by Hedwig Storch

Blazing Stars, Gay Feather, Snakeroot, Spike gayfeather

Native Plants, Perennial Bulbs, Perennials

Liatris is unusual in that it flowers from the top to the bottom of the spike. It is a beautiful American wildflower which was brought to Europe, popularized as a cut flower and then returned to popularity in the USA.

Summer to fall

1.5-3 ft.

Flowering Period:

Flower Color:
Blue, White, Purple

Beds, rock gardens, and fresh cut flowers
USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Division of tuberous roots in spring, seeds

Full sun to light shade


Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Eastern USA, North Carolina

Pollinators Attracted:
Bee, Butterfly, Hummingbird

Page by Tracie Bowers EMGV

Pollinator Haven logo image

Written By

Minda Daughtry, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMinda DaughtryExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture Call Minda Email Minda N.C. Cooperative Extension, Lee County Center
Page Last Updated: 3 years ago
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