Blazing Star

photo by Andrew McKinlay CC BY-NC

Gayfeather, Liatris

Blazing Star has a tall spike (6-12 in) of fluffy purple flowers. It flowers in late summer and can be found across Western Canada, Ontario, and the east/central United States.

Blazing Star (2-4 ft) grows in clumps in sunny areas. The grass-like leaves are largest at the base. Some varieties prefer dry, prairie conditions while others grow well in wet, marshy areas.

Did you know? The seed heads provide much-needed food for birds such as the Goldfinch.

See Also: Beargrass, Camas, False Solomon's Seal, Fireweed, Goldenrod, Purple Prairie Clover, Red Paintbrush