Liatris pycnostachya (Prairie Blazing Star) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds only for gardeners who have experience with seeds that need a chilling period. The easiest approach is to surface-sow (do not cover) the seeds in a pot in fall to early winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a natural chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring. If you sow after December, give the pot an artificial chilling period of 2 to 3 months.

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Prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya) produces dense, fluffy spikes of purplish pink blooms on 3- to 5-foot-tall stems in mid- to late summer. The abundance of tightly packed blooms provides a bounty of pollen and nectar to visiting bees, hoverflies, butterflies, and other pollinators. It’s so tall that it can be sprawly in the loose, rich soil of a well-prepared border; that’s less of a problem when there is competition from closely spaced companions. Native to many parts of central North America. Full sun; average to moist but well-drained soil. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.

2022-collected seeds sold out. I hope to collect again in October 2023. At least 20 seeds. Unknown ecotype.

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