Liatris spicata – (Blazing Star)


Liatris Spicata flowers in late summer after many plants have finished. It has dense spires of purple flowers late into autumn and is very valuable for providing colour when it is scarce in the garden.

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Liatris Spicata is a valuable flower for late summer flowering after many flowers have finished or are beginning to look very tired and tatty. It is a star late summer performer, producing dense spikes of rose-purple flowers right into the autumn. This is a medium to tall plant, with showy spikes of purple flowers, that looks great as part of a border. It is often grown to attract butterflies and beneficial insects to the garden.

The flower heads of this plant are densely crowded along the spike, facing in all directions; they bloom at the top of the spike first, opening later below. Each flower head is about 1/3″ (8 mm.) across, consisting of 4-10 disk florets.

In addition to borders it also makes a great fresh or dried cut flower.

Sowing advice:
For best results, sow seeds immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. However, most seeds can be sown in an unheated greenhouse to wait for natural germination as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, and often wait for spring before emerging regardless of when they are sown. But spring sowing will obviously give them a full season of growth if successful germination occurs.

Additional information


Hardy Perennial

Common Name

Blazing Star, Gay Feather, Snakeroot



Maximum Height

45 cm

Number of seeds in packet