A.k.a. northern blazing star. A taller, adaptable blazing star whose thistle-like flowers are favored by butterflies. Tolerates poor soil, but adapts to fertile soils where it grows taller. Tall plants generally require staking.

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade

Soil Moisture: Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry

Soil Type: Adaptable

Height: 2'-5’

Bloom Color: Purple

Bloom Time: Aug-Sep

Root Type: Corm

Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract mainly butterflies and skippers. Hosts some moths such as the bleeding flower moth, glorious flower moth, and blazing star borer moth. Foliage is readily eaten by mammalian herbivores, and small mammals may eat the corms.

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