prairie blazing star

Liatris pycnostachya (prairie blazing star) can be distinguished from closely related Liatris spicata (blazing star) by the tiny leaflets that curve away from the flower bud (recurved bracts).

Botanical Name Liatris pycnostachya
Common Name prairie blazing star
Family Asteraceae
USDA Zone 3 thru 9
Light Requirement Full Sun
Season(s) of interest summer, fall, winter
Height and Spread 2-5ft x 1-2ft (60-150cm x 30-60cm)
Flower Color Lilac Purple
Attracts Wildlife Provides Food for Birds, Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators,
Additional Information Native to Chicago Region.
Location in Lurie Garden Southwest Light Plate, Northeast Light Plate