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Liatris pycnostachya

Prairie Blazing Star

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 excellent in all other situations.  


Height:

2-5 ft

Spread:

1-2 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

3-9

Bloom Color:

Purple, Rose

Liatris pycnostachya Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Attracts Wildlife

  • Songbirds
  • Pollinators
  • Butterflies

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Dry to Moist

Attributes

  • Clay Soil
  • Naturalizing
  • Interesting Foliage
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Dried Flower
  • Cut Flower

Flowering Months

  • July
  • August

Foliage Color

  • Green

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring
  • Summer

Growth Rate

  • Fast

Interesting Notes:

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.  


Plants that work well with Liatris pycnostachya ''

pearly everlasting pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
Big bluestem Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
Bushy bluestem Bushy bluestem (Andropogon glomeratus)
New England aster New England aster (Aster novae-angliae)
Purple stemmed aster Purple stemmed aster (Aster puniceus)
Thread leaf tickseed Thread leaf tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata)
Purple coneflower Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
PowWow White coneflower PowWow White coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow White')
White coneflower White coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan')
Purple coneflower Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow Wild Berry')
Hyssop leaved boneset Hyssop leaved boneset (Eupatorium hyssopifolium)
Common sneezeweed Common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
Ox-eye sunflower Ox-eye sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)
Grey-Headed Coneflower Grey-Headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)
Homestead purple verbena Homestead purple verbena (Verbena canadensis 'Homestead Purple')