Rough Blazing Star

One year I had 71 flowering stems  of Rough Blazing Star  (Liatris aspera) in my gardens–it was gorgeous, but I don’t have a photograph.  They eventually petered out and I now have only a few plants I added to a border last year.

This is a photograph taken several years ago at Morton Arboretum of Rough Blazing Star growing in a matrix of Little Blue Stem–not only a beautiful combination, but a beneficial situation for both plants.

It tends to sprawl, especially when young, unless supported by a matrix of grasses–Little Bluestem shown in the photograph above works the best.

In the prairie.  Note how they stand upright when supported by grasses.

The showy flower tufts begin to open from the top of the stem in mid to late August, continuing with a spectacular show well into September.  Its flower tufts spill out of large cups arranged in an open fashion alternately around a 1’ to 3’ tall stem. 

Next to my front walk today.  Older plants have two to three stems per plant.

Monarch Butterfly on Rough Liatris at June’s house.  Blazing Stars are one of the best butterfly attractants.

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