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Liatris (OP)  

A rare specie of the Ontario Prairie producing a spectacular show of purple spikes from July through September. Plants have good frost and wind tolerance and make an excellent dried or fresh flower. This is a valuable native wildflower that is not to be mistaken as purple loosestrife – they are two entirely different plants! Blazing Star is perfect for beds, borders or rock gardens, native plantings and pollinator and butterfly gardens. Height generally ranges from 60-120cm (2-4’) but in some instances plants can be even taller.

Sow seed indoors in a soil-less mix in early March. Seed should have a cold treatment to improve germination. Place seed in planting tray, moisten and put in refrigerator or outside to freeze for 10 days. Bring indoors and place under lights at 20C/70F soil temperatures. After germination, grow on under lights at a slightly cooler temperature then harden off and plant outside in a sunny site. Late fall outdoor sowings are also very effective as this allows the seed to be naturally stratified over the winter.

This planting is in the Butterfly garden .

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Plant Prairie Gayfeather Liatris spicata 163


Care Instructions

normally grows to a max height of 4.88 feet (that's 1.50 metres metric) so ensure you have enough space in your garden for this plant.

More information about Liatris (OP) is available in the Folia gardener's wiki. All Liatris (OP) Care Instructions have been kindly provided by our members.

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