rough blazing star

The liatris genus has its share of “pollinator magnets,” and there’s one that thrives in just about any soil type.

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star) is a wildflower that is found in the mid to eastern United States. It is native to the Great Lakes region where is occurs in dryish soils on prairies, open wood, glades, meadows and along roads and railroad tracks. It features rounded, fluffy, deep rose-purple flower heads which are crowded into long, terminal flower spikes atop erect, rigid, leafy flower stalks. It blooms (late summer to fall later than most other Liatris. Liatris belongs to the aster family, with each flower head having only fluffy disk flowers (resembling “blazing stars”) and no rays. Rough blazing star attracts bees and butterflies, in particularly Monarch butterflies.

Botanical Name Liatris aspera
Common Name rough blazing star
Family Asteraceae
USDA Zone 3 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun
Season(s) of interest summer, fall, winter
Height and Spread 2-3ft x 1-1.5ft (60-90cm x 30-45cm)
Flower Color Rose-Purple to Lavender
Attracts Wildlife Provides Food for Birds, Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators,
Additional Information Native to Chicago Region.
Location in Lurie Garden West Meadow, East Meadow, Southwest Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate​


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