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Liatris pycnostachya

Liatris pycnostachya

Common Name: Prairie Blazing Star

Native to North America

This blazing star is the tallest Liatris species in cultivation.  Pycnostachya in Greek means crowded, and in this case it references the crowded leaves and flowers.  Some consider this plant too tall for the ornamental border, but exc…

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Liatris spicata

Liatris spicata

Common Name: Dense blazing star

Native to North America

Liatris spicata is a handsome gayfeather with a tall unbranched habit.  The stems are covered in attractive long narrow leaves.  In summer foliage is topped by rosy-purple spiky flowers and surrounded by a bevy of butterflies.  Plants …

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Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet'

Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet'

Common Name: Floristan Violet blazing star

Native to North America (cultivar)

‘Floristan Violet’ is a free flowering gayfeather cultivar.  The stems are covered in attractive long narrow leaves.  In summer foliage is topped by creamy white spiky flowers and surrounded by a bevy of butterf…

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Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

Common Name: Kobold Blazing star

Native to North America (cultivar)

Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ is a free flowering compact gayfeather cultivar.  The stems are covered in attractive long narrow leaves.  In summer foliage is topped by rosy-purple spiky flowers and surrounded by a bevy o…

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Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis

Common Name: Cardinal flower

Native to North America

Lobelia cardinalis is a clump forming perennial wildflower with toothed lance shaped leaves. In late summer stems are topped by spiky racemes of vibrant scarlet florets. The blooms are irresistible to hummingbirds and butterflies. Plants pros…

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Lobelia cardinalis 'New Moon Maroon'

Lobelia cardinalis 'New Moon Maroon'

Common Name: Cardinal flower

Native to North America (cultivar)

Lobelia cardinalis ‘New Moon Maroon’ is a clump forming cultivar of a favorite perennial wildflower.  Foliage is lance shaped with a unique red-purple color.  In late summer stems are topped by spiky racemes of…

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Lobelia siphilitica

Lobelia siphilitica

Common Name: Great Blue Lobelia

Native to North America

Lobelia siphilitica is a clump forming perennial wildflower with toothed lance shaped leaves.  In late summer stems are topped by spiky racemes of intense blue-violet florets.  The blooms entice bees, hummingbirds and butterfli…

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Lythrum alatum

Lythrum alatum

Common Name: winged loosestrife

Native to North America

A native loosestrife with lavender flowers.  Long flowering season from June through September.  Thrives in moist soil in full sun to part shade.  

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