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Liatris punctata (Dotted Blazing Star)

Dotted Blazing Star, Dotted Gayfeather, Dotted Liatris


Noted for attracting native bees and butterflies, Liatris punctata (Dotted Blazing Star) is an upright, clump-forming perennial boasting dense wands, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), packed with rose-lavender flowers in late summer to fall. The showy blossoms contrast nicely with the finely textured, grassy foliage. After blooming, the plant goes dormant until the following spring when it sprouts from its deep taproot. Long lived and drought tolerant, Dotted blazing star is easy to grow and low care. Providing a lovely floral display for several weeks, it adds adds a vertical accent in sunny borders, prairies or rock gardens. It also makes an excellent fresh cut flower and can be used in dry flower arrangements.

  • Grows up to 24 in. tall (60 cm) and 10-12 in. wide (25-30 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in dry to moist, well-drained soils. Tolerant of alkaline soils and drought. Too much water may cause the plant to develop long, slender spikes which flop over. 
  • An excellent choice for perennial borders, rock gardens or native plant gardens, prairies and meadows.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer resistant. Too much water will lead to root rot.
  • Cut back during the growing season to promote bushiness.
  • Propagate by scarified seeds sown outside in late fall or stored, stratified and sown the following spring. Can also be established by dividing corms in late fall to early spring.
  • Native to North America, where it occurs throughout the plains of central Canada, the central United States, and northern Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Liatris
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Southeast, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
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 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Liatris
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Southeast, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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