Rough Blazing Star

$8.00 + Tax

$8.00 + Tax

Description

Liatris aspera, also known as Rough Blazingstar, is a perennial wildflower native to Michigan and the only Blazingstar truly native to the UP.
From 1 to 3 feet tall, Rough Blazingstar features flowers from August to September with bright purple button blossoms strung tightly on a strong stalk.
Rough Blazingstar prefers full sun and medium to dry loam, but does very well in rocky or sandy soils, including under jack pines, and will tolerate dappled shade. This is a hardy plant, well suited to many areas of the UP. It is unfazed by poor soil, but rich soil may cause flopping.

Blazing stars are easy nectar sources and are a favorite of many bees and butterflies, including the large showy butterflies that make a garden come alive – Monarchs, Painted Ladies, Swallowtails… Blazing stars are popular nectar sources for hummingbirds, especially when planted in a patch. Birds eat the seeds in winter, and insect hunters like bluebirds may use the strong stems as perches to scope out insect prey. A quart will include 1 individual plant.