Liatris spicata – Blazing Star/spike gayfeather


A garden flower known for its showy purple flowers that attract birds and butterflies.


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Native to eastern North America where it grows in meadows and moist prairies, Liatris spicata grows best in moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Blooms in tall spikes of purple flowers that look like feathers which grow one to five feet tall.

Historically Native Americans used the root of the plant as a medicine Now it is used for a sore throat, as an herbal insect repellent, and in potpourri.

Can be grown from seed, but slow to establish.

Height: 2-4 ft

Sun: Sun

Water: Medium

Bloom color: Red-purple

Bloom time: July to August

Additional information

1-gallon, quart