Blazing Star or Gayfeather (lee-AT-tris: spih-KAY-tah)
Shorter growing plants, with flowering spikes growing from 15 to 18 inches tall from thick clumps with a number of spikes per plant with purple colored flowers and grassy basal foliage. Great for the front of the border or used in a strip garden along a fence or driveway. No staking is needed with this selection, even in half a day of shade. Great cut flower. An attractive selection for use in a mixed border with Purple Cone flowers, Coreopsis verticillate and upright sedums. Mid to late summer blooming. The flowering spikes are more club like than the taller forms of Liatris. Attracts butterflies and bees. Divide clumps in spring by digging-up the rounded bulb-like stems and cutting them into pieces with 2 or 3 buds each. The seeds are good sized and easy to handle and the seeds can be start in a cold frame in fall or sown in winter or spring. Best performance with a consistently moist, light, well-drained soil in a summing location. Plants will not bloom the first year but will blooming some the second year, long lived.
Sow seeds at 70F, germination starts in 2 weeks and is spread out over a month or two.