Liatris cylindracea

Common name: Dwarf Blazing Star

Native plant

As the name suggests, the Dwarf Blazing Star is the smallest of the Liatris that we sell.  Leaves are lance-shaped, up to 8 inches long, and decrease in size as they ascend up the single stem.  Purple flowers about 1 inch long and cylindrical occur in a raceme at the top of the stem.  This plant has a very high drought tolerance and does well in nutrient poor soils, but it does not compete well with taller plants in more fertile soil.  Flowers attract a number of bees, butterflies and moths.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Forb

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun

Bloom period

Summer

Urban environment

Requires Protected Site

Habitat

Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate

Slow

Flower color

Purple

Fall color

Yellow Orange

Size

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

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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