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Liatris cylindracea (Dwarf Blazing Star)

Ontario Blazing Star, Ontario Gayfeather, Ontario Liatris, Dwarf Blazing Star, Dwarf Gayfeather, Dwarf Liatris, Lacinaria cylindracea


Liatris cylindracea (Dwarf Blazing Star) is a small, upright, clump-forming perennial boasting short spike-like racemes of fluffy, pink or purplish pink, thistle-like flower heads. Blooming for about one month in mid summer to early fall, they are borne atop stout, erect, leafy flower stalks. Attractive to bees, butterflies, skippers and hummingbirds, they contrast nicely with the finely textured, grassy foliage. They are followed by fruits (achenes) with bristly hairs that aid in their dispersal. The root system consists of a corm, which may occasionally produce offsets. Easy to grow and low care, Dwarf Blazing Star adds charm to borders, dry, sandy gardens and attracts a constant parade of butterflies.

  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 6-12 in. wide (15-30 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in dry, sandy or rocky, alkaline, well-drained soils. Tolerant of poor soils, drought, summer heat and humidity. 
  • An excellent choice for perennial borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens, native plant gardens, prairies and meadows.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by scarified seeds sown outside in late fall or stratified seeds sown the following spring.
  • Native to eastern North America, where its populations are concentrated in the Midwestern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Liatris
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 10" – 12" (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Delaware, New York, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Liatris
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 10" – 12" (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Delaware, New York, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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