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Prairie Blazing Star

Liatris pycnostachya

Delightful purple spikes are an icon of the prairie; palatable to herbivores; nectar & pollen for pollinators


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Liatris pycnostachya, commonly called prairie blazing star, is a native perennial forb (wildflower) that features rounded, fluffy, deep rose-purple flower heads.

Wildlife notes

The flowers are pollinated primarily by long-tongued bees, butterflies, and skippers. Other visitors include Halictine bees, bee flies, and day-flying moths. Various mammalian herbivores readily consume Prairie Blazingstar. Younger plants may be eaten by rabbits and groundhogs, while mature plants are likely targets of deer or livestock. Small rodents, such as the Prairie Vole and Meadow Vole, sometimes eat the corms. An overpopulation of these animals can make establishment of this plant difficult in some areas.

Forage notes

This plant is eaten by livestock.

Landscaping notes

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of poor soils, drought, summer heat and humidity. Intolerant of wet soils in winter. Sometimes treated as a biennial. Perennial borders, cutting gardens, wild gardens, native plant gardens, naturalized areas, prairies or meadows.

Restoration notes

Habitats include moist to mesic black soil prairies, moist meadows near woodlands or rivers, limestone glades, rocky bluffs, and areas along railroads.

This plant is commonly used in the following mixes: Wet Meadow Mix

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Wet Meadow Mix | Native Wildflower Mix

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun

Seeding Rate

9 bulk lbs/acre


Average, Moist



Bloom Month

Jul, Aug



Specialty Uses

Butterfly, Landscaping, Cut Flower, Medicinal, Tea

Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.