Liatris aspera (Rough blazing star)
Rough blazing star Description:
Liatris aspera, also known as rough blazing star or prairie blazing star, is a herbaceous perennial plant native to North America. It typically grows to a height of 1 to 4 feet and has a clumping habit with narrow, grass-like leaves that are up to 12 inches long.
In mid to late summer, Liatris aspera produces tall, upright spikes of tiny, pink to lavender-pink flowers that bloom from the top down. The flowers are densely packed and surrounded by showy bracts, giving the spike a fluffy, cylindrical appearance. The blooms are attractive to butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, making it a valuable addition to pollinator gardens.
Liatris aspera prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soils that are rich in organic matter. It is drought tolerant once established and can thrive in a variety of soil types. It is a hardy plant that can withstand cold temperatures and is generally pest and disease resistant.
Overall, Liatris aspera is a beautiful and low-maintenance perennial that can add color and interest to a variety of garden styles, including prairie and cottage gardens.
Rough blazing star is found natively in the central United States and along the Southeastern coast of the United States too.
Standard Plant Information:
Plant Height: 1' - 4'
Bloom Time: July - September
Preferred Habitat: Does well in part shade to full sun. Often found in dry prairies, open woods, and along roadsides.