Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)
An iconic flower that is gaining steam even outside of the native plant community! Said to resemble a ‘fairy wand’, prairie blazing star’s flowers are eye catching in any planting. Attractive to many pollinators, and host to the rare glorious flower moth! Care should be taken to protect plants while they establish, as many mammals will browse the foliage, and voles may eat the corms.
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic
Soil Type: Loam, Clay Loam, Rocky
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jul-Aug
Root Type: Corm
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees, flies, butterflies, skippers, and day-flying moths. Hosts the glorious flower moth. All parts of the plant may be eaten by a wide variety of mammals.