Liatris aspera

Common name: Rough Blazing Star

Native plant

Rough Blazing Star has lance-shaped basal leaves and a single flowering stalk.  Along the length of the flowering stalk are 1 inch purple flowers with long, curly styles.  Flowers bloom from top to bottom from late summer to early fall, the entire bloom period lasting about 3 weeks. Flowers attract a variety of bees and butterflies and even see the occasional visit from a hummingbird.  Corms are a tasty treat for small mammals, and will often be dug up and eaten, particularly in winter.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Forb

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Summer

Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, New Construction, Road-side/Salt Tolerant

Habitat

Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

Purple

Fall color

Yellow Orange

Size

Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
10 Inches
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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