Description

**Pre-orders are for local pickup only. We do not ship plants. Please double check your location and ensure you are able to pick up your plants in the spring (available for pickup starting May 11th). Specify pickup date in 'notes' when completing your order.

**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Flourishes in moist to wet soil
  • Prefers full sun
  • Tolerant of drought conditions once established
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-9

Features:

Marsh Blazing Star, commonly known as Liatris spicata, is a captivating perennial wildflower cherished for its striking spikes of vibrant purple flowers and slender, grass-like foliage. Its unique blooms, resembling bottlebrushes, emerge in mid to late summer. This native plant is ideal for lakeshores, marshy areas, and wet soils.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Marsh Blazing Star can reach a height of 2 to 4 feet with a spread of 1 to 2 feet. Its erect stems are adorned with narrow leaves and topped with dense spikes of vivid flowers, creating a picturesque display that attracts pollinators and delights observers.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Marsh Blazing Star offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Pollinator Magnet: Its showy flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, enhancing pollination and promoting biodiversity in gardens and meadows.
  • Erosion Control: The fibrous roots of this plant help stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes and disturbed sites, making it an excellent choice for erosion-prone areas.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The dense spikes of flowers provide nectar sources for pollinators and food sources for birds, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance.
  • Visual Impact: With its vibrant blooms and graceful form, this flower adds height and drama to gardens, meadows, and naturalistic landscapes, creating a captivating focal point.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Marsh Blazing Star is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and care. It's an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a beautiful and resilient plant for sunny landscapes.