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 well-drained, sandy or loamy soil
  • Prefers full sun
  • Tolerant of drought conditions once established
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-8

Features:

The Northern Blazing Star (Liatris scariosa) is a striking perennial wildflower known for its tall spikes of vibrant purple flowers and slender, grass-like foliage. Its majestic blooms, which resemble bottlebrushes, emerge in mid to late summer, creating a spectacular vertical accent in prairie gardens, meadows, and naturalistic landscapes. This native plant exudes grace and elegance, adding a burst of color and texture to any garden or landscape.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, the Northern 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 captivating display that attracts pollinators and delights onlookers.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

The Northern 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 prairie habitats.
  • Erosion Control: The fibrous roots of Northern Blazing Star help stabilize soil and prevent erosion in open, sunny areas, making it an excellent choice for erosion-prone slopes or disturbed sites.
  • 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, Northern Blazing Star adds height and drama to prairie gardens, meadows, and naturalistic landscapes, creating a striking focal point.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Northern 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, well-drained landscapes.