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Common Name: Blazing Star, Gayfeather      Latin Name: Liatris spicata      Size: 0 (min) to 0 (max)
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Liatris spicata

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Category: Perennial
Family: ASTERACEAE
Genus: Liatris
species: spicata
Origin:
Size: 0 (min) to 0 (max)
Size Description:
Notes:
Growth habit: Vertical
Foliage: Alternate, lanceolate, 5 inches long and 1 inch wide. Upper leaves are smaller.
Flowers: Flowers are lilac-purple, pink or white and are produced in crowded, fluffy spiked inflorescences in summer. The flower spikes open from the top downward, which is the opposite of most flower spikes. Flowers are lavender, rose or white.
Culture: Most soils and conditions including damp places such as stream banks and ditches. They do best in low humidity. They thrive with minimum care and attention, and in fact, tend to lodge if regularly watered and fertilized.
Uses: Liatris makes a desirable cut flower, attracts bees and butterflies, and is an excellent border plant
Propagation: Seeds, division
Cultivars: ‘Kobold’ is compact at 18-30 inches and has dark purple flowers. One of the best for the border. ‘Floristan White’ has white flowers.
Notes courtesy of Sue Trusty.
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Deer Resistance: star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingGood ResistanceSee plants that are deer resistant.
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Bloom history: (Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio, unless otherwise noted)6/24/2013 until 7/7/2013 See other plants that bloom at this time.
Plant Images and Specimens
Location: University of Cincinnati 2600 Clifton Ave Cincinnati OH
Specimen: 105
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Liatris spicata
Location: Zimmer Roof
Age: 2008
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: Early July 2008
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Liatris spicata
Location: Zimmer Roof
Age: 2008
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: Early July 2008
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Liatris spicata
Location: Zimmer Roof
Age: 2008
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: Early July 2008
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Liatris spicata
Location: Zimmer Roof
Age: 2008
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: Early July 2008
Liatris spicata Liatris_spicata_side.JPG
Liatris spicata
Location: Zimmer Roof
Age: 2008
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: Early July 2008
Liatris spicata Liatris_spicata_side_close.JPG
Liatris spicata
Location: Zimmer Roof
Age: 2008
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: Early July 2008
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati OH 45220
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.144616083333300 Longitude: -84.509767966666700] Specimen: 1337
Location: Spring Grove Ave. between Beech and Vine 5304 Spring Grove Avenue Cincinnati OH
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 59.328620000000000 Longitude: 18.070404766666700] Specimen: 3231
Location: New York Botanical Garden - Bronx
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.863403560000000 Longitude: -73.877894770000000] Specimen: 7160
Location: World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.709877030000000 Longitude: -74.015248230000000] Specimen: 10721
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June 2017
Location: World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York

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June 2017
Location: World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York

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