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Liatris spicata var. resinosa

Native Plants

Dense Blazing Star

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Dense blazing star (Liatris spicata var. resinosa), unlike many Liatris species, performs best in moist to seasonally wet conditions, making it an indispensable addition to gardens where excessive moisture can be a challenge. Slender, erect stems of this multi-stemmed herbaceous perennial, topped with spike-like clusters of rose-purple blooms, are highly attractive in summer. In full bloom, dense blazing star attracts a variety of insects including many moths and butterflies. Dense blazing star performs best in full sun to filtered shade in acidic soils. It takes up minimal space and is suitable for even the smallest gardens. Dense blazing star mingles well with common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnalevar.autumnale), closed bottle gentian (Gentiana clausa), obedient-plant (Physostegia virginiana), and Stokes’ aster (Stokesia laevis). Zones 3-8.  

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  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
  • Flowering Period
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
    lavender, purple 
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color

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Flora of North America