Dense Blazingstar Seed (Liatris spicata) 100 Seeds

  • $ 2.40

Dense Blazingstar produces bold purple flower stalks late in the season after other blazingstars are finished. This clump-forming plant has a delicate tuft of grass-like foliage at its base from which one or more stalks will grow. The leaves become sparse as they move up the rigid stems. Commonly reaching four feet in height, it can grow 5' - 6' high in ideal conditions. Liatris spicata is native to moist meadows and marsh margins of the midwest and east, but is more common in flower gardens than in the wild. It is highly adaptable and easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils.

A standard component of butterfly gardens, water feature margins, rain gardens, and naturalized moist prairies. Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds all visit this plant. It is a host plant for the rare Glorious Flower Moth (Schinia gloriosa). Birds feed on the seeds in fall. 

Other names include Dense Gayfeather, Marsh Blazingstar and Marsh Gayfeather.

From PFAF:The leaves and root are anodyne, antibacterial, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant and tonic. The plant is said to be extremely efficacious when used as a local application in the treatment of sore throats and gonorrhoea. It is also used in treating kidney diseases. The leaves are harvested in the summer, the roots in the autumn. Both can be used fresh or dried.

How to Grow:

Liatris seeds can be started indoors or sown directly in the garden. Germination usually occurs within 20 to 45 days if the seeds are exposed to cold, moist conditions for about four to six weeks prior to planting. Place your seed in between damp paper towels inside a ziploc bag.  Leave in refrigerator for 1-1.5 month.  Plant in flats.  Transplant outside when at least 4" and conditions allow.