Liatris, also known as blazingstars or gayfeathers, are good gardenperennials native to North America. They have linear leaves and very stout stems three to six feet tall, growing in clumps from thick rootstocks. The small fluffy florets are set along tall spikes, flowering from the top down, which is very unusual.
Blazingstars need good, well-drained soil in full sun to succeed. Wet winter soil will usually kill the plants. The taller varieties sometimes require staking. They are especially valuable as cut flowers.
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Use blazingstars in large clumps in beds and borders. They are popular and long-lasting cut flowers.