Prairie Blazing Star, Liatris pycnostachya


Prairie blazing star is an excellent native flower for moist soil environments. Of the five species of liatris that are native to Minnesota, prairie blazing it the most moisture loving of the group. It tends to be found in wet meadows surrounded by Maximilian’s sunflower, mountain mint, bottle gentian, and often meadow blazing star.

Prairie blazing star has a fairly long bloom time, attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds throughout the entirety of its bloom period. Flowers begin to open at the top and work their way down as the season progresses.

Other species of liatris that are native to Minnesota include dotted blazing star, meadow blazing star, rough blazing star, and cylindric blazing star

Life Cycle: Perennial
Size: 4 feet
Sun: Full, Partial
Soil: Wet, Medium-Wet, Medium
Bloom Time:  July, August, September
Advantages: Pollinator Favorite Bird Favorite: Habitat, Food Source Highly recommended for home gardens