Prairie Blazingstar Kansas Gayfeather
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|Habitat||Bloom Period||Color||Height Inches||Moisture||Plant Spacing||Lifespan|
|Sun||July and August||Purple||30 to 60 Inches||Dry to Moist||12 to 24 Inches||Perennial|
Liatris pycnostachya, Prairie Blazing Star, Kansas Gayfeather Photo by cj
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Prairie Blazing Star,
Kansas Gayfeather large
potted plants are available,
$5 each plus UPS shipping.
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1 packet - $2.50 + shipping
|150||30 sq ft|
1 ounce --- $12.00
|10,600||500 sq ft|
1 pound -$----
|169,600||8,000 sq ft|
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Liatris pycnostachya, Prairie Blazing Star, Kansas Gayfeather, or Button Snakeroot, grows 3 to 5 feet tall spikes of dense violet-lavender to rosy purple flower heads, which provide striking vertical form in the perennial garden. Prairie Blazingstar is easily grown in average well-drained soils and full sun yet also tolerates poor soils, drought, and summer heat. This plant looks well if planted in large sweeps in the meadow garden or individually in a formal garden. The showy flower is used in both fresh cut and dried flower arrangements and is a magnet for butterflies. The attributes of this plant are accentuated when planted with Callirhoe (Poppy Mallow), Echinacea (Coneflowers), Zizia (Golden Alexander), Solidago (Golden Rod), and prairie grasses.
(Pycnostachya = Dense, crowded spike)
Liatris pycnostachya, Prairie Blazing Star, Kansas Gayfeather seed germination is improved after a pretreatment of 4 to 6 weeks of cold moist stratification or when planted outside in the fall or early winter.
Native Liatris pycnostachya, Prairie Blazing Star, Kansas Gayfeather is a striking plant occurring naturally on glades, bald knobs, meadows, dry upland prairies, and savannas from Ontario to Wisconsin and North Dakota, south to Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. . Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Prairie blazing star can be used for prairie restoration and landscaping, roadside plantings, wildlife food and habitat, wildflower gardens (because of its attractive flowers), and as a small component in seeding mixtures.
blazing star is a hardy, native perennial herb that grows from a tuber. It is one of the
most conspicuous of the prairie inhabitants, as its leafy stems grow erect to a
height of 5 feet. The narrow leaves
on the lower two-thirds of the plant are so crowded that to the casual observer
they may appear spiraled rather than closely alternate.
Lower leaves, up to 4 inches long and ½
inch wide, are larger than those further up the stems.
Both the leaves and stems usually display short, stiff hairs.
The top two-thirds of prairie blazing star is a spike of rose-purple, thistle-like flowers that are given a somewhat fuzzy appearance by extended white stamens (male flower parts) and pistils (female flower parts). Flowering starts at the top of the spike and moves progressively downward. Each flower head along the spike is made up of 5 to 12 tubular florets. A dense circle of bracts (tiny, modified leaves) surrounds the base of each flower head. The tips of these long, pointed bracts tend to spread and curve back toward their bases. Bracts of this species may have a purplish tinge.
Liatris produce flowers in wand-like spikes or racemes.
Their flowers are produced in late summer and autumn.
They multiply by offsets from their cormlike base, or may be grown from
seed, which should be sown in autumn. They will grow and produce flowers in poorer soil than most
garden plants, but thrive best in good, rich garden soil, and require no special
care. Liatris pycnostachya
is one of the showiest species. The
slender seeds of Liatris are usually
less than 1/4 inch long. The seed
narrows toward the base and is tipped
with a set of soft bristles about as long as the seed itself.
There are 10 ribs or ridges running along the length of the seed.
Prairie blazing star seeds per pound average 131,000.
Adaptation and Distribution
blazing star is found throughout the tall grass prairie biome, often in thick
stands on damp prairies and open bottomlands from Minnesota and Wisconsin south.
a clean weed free seedbed by disking and harrowing or using chemical weed
control. Firm the seedbed by
cultipacking. Seedbed should be
firm enough to allow seed to be planted ¼ inch deep.
For prairie restoration or diverse plantings for wildlife, prairie
blazing star can be incorporated into seed mixes at a rate of 4 ounces pure live
seed/acre. Use unstratified seed in
fall and stratified seed in the spring. A
seeder with a legume box works well in the seeding operation, although other
types of seeders or drills maybe used. Apply
no fertilizer the establishment year unless a soil test indicates a severe
deficiency of phosphorus and potassium. Use
no nitrogen during the establishment year as this can encourage weed
pycnostachya Prairie Blazing Star seedling
vigor is good and stands are comparatively easy to establish where competition
During establishment, reduce weed competition by mowing above the height of the prairie blazing star or using approved herbicides. In established stands, prescribed burning may be appropriate where plant vigor declines or where invader species threaten native mix stands.
Prairie blazing star is not considered weedy or invasive and has not been noted spreading to adjoining areas. Seedlings have not been noted spreading from original plantings or if they do spread, the rate of spread is not alarming.
The map below shows areas where native Liatris pycnostachya, Prairie Blazing Star, Kansas Gayfeather grow wild but it can be planted and will grow over a much wider area than shown. USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.
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Prairie Blazing Star,
Kansas Gayfeather Plant distribution map
complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
(http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.