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.
2021-collected seeds sold out. I hope to collect again in October 2022. At least 20 seeds. Unknown ecotype.
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