3 Prairie blaz­ing star

Birds & Blooms - - Top 10 -

LIATRIS PYCNOSTACHYA, ZONES 3 TO 9

In late sum­mer and au­tumn, blaz­ing star’s ra­di­ant rosepur­ple flow­ers spike sky­ward, pro­vid­ing vivid color in your back­yard. This hardy prairie fa­vorite grows up to 4 feet tall, es­pe­cially in damp en­vi­ron­ments.

Why we love it: It’s a low-main­te­nance, plant-itand-leave-it bloom that re­seeds read­ily, and it makes ex­cel­lent fresh-cut flow­ers.

Host to: glo­ri­ous flower moth

3 Gi­ant swal­low­tail

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