Wildflower of the Week Prairie Blazingstar – Liatris pycnostachya

Ion Exchange a Native Plantr Nursery

Prairie Blazingstar

The Prairie Blazingstar or as it is known by its species name Liatris pycnostachya  is a “star” indeed with it’s beautiful pale purple flower’s pointing straight up to the sky.

Liatris is of an unknown derivation.

Sun Exposure Prairie, Savanna

Soil Moisture Wet, Wet Mesic, Mesic
Bloom Time
Summer, Fall July, August, September

Bloom Color Purple
Max Height 4 feet
Wetland Code FAC-
Germ Code C(60)
Seeds Per Packet 150
Seeds Per Ounce 11,000
Similar to L. spicata but usually hairier. Grows from 1 to 4 feet on damp prairies and blooms from June to October.

L. pycnostachya was used by native Americans to treat sore throats and diseases of the kidneys

Edible Uses: Unknown

Medicinal Uses: Unknown

Herbal Uses: Unknown

To learn more about the Prairie Blazingstar or other native wildflowers go to Ion Exchange


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