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Liatris pycnostachya

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lie-A-tris pik-no-STAK-ee-uh
Description

Liatris pycnostachya, commonly known as prairie blazing star, is an herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae family. Often grown as an ornamental, prairie blazing star reaches a maximum height of 5 feet and heads crowded on a coarse, hairy, very leafy stem.  The bracts below the heads have long pointed purplish tips. The prairie blazing star is native to the central and southeastern United States where it prefers dry, well-drained soils with full exposure to the sun. However, this plant may be found in damp prairies, but also tolerate poor soils, drought and heat conditions. Perfect for home gardens, Liatris pycnostachya attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Liatris
    Species:
    pycnostachya
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central U.S.A
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Spike of .5 in. rose-purple to violet-lavender, cylindrical, stalkless flower heads crowded on a coarse, hairy, very leafy stem; bracts below heads have long pointed purplish tips.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    4 to 12 in. leaves; upper leaves are small and linear.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Buds:
    Hairy
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    This stem is cylindrical, stalkless flower heads are crowded on a coarse, hair, very leafy stem. The bracts below the heads have long pointed purplish tips.