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Growing Liatris, Blazing Star
Liatris, also called "Blazing Star" is a hardy perennial, that are readily found growing in their native prairies in North America. The plant produces stiff spikes, covered with fuzzy purple flowerets. Classified as a wildflower, these attractive, easy to grow flowers have become popular in home gardens, especially in drier areas of the country.
Most Blazing Star varieties grow two to four feet tall, with some as large as five feet. Flowers are good fresh, or in dried arrangements.
Blazing Stars can be started from seed. Sow seeds directly into the flowerbed, as early as the ground can be worked.
They can also be propagated by dividing the tuberous roots of established plants.
How to Grow Blazing Stars:
Grow Blazing Stars in full sun. If grown in flower gardens, space 12" to 14" apart.
These plants do well in average soils. The soil needs to be well draining. The tuberous roots can rot in wet soil. They are tolerant of dry soil conditions. During the growing season, water the plants only during extended dry periods.
Adding little fertilizer a couple times a season, will reward you with bigger, healthier plants and flowers.
Tuberous roots will spread, growing more plants. It's important to dig the roots up every 3-4 years, and divide them. Otherwise, the plants will be overcrowded, resulting in smaller blooms.
Insect and Disease:
Insect and disease problems are infrequent. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with insecticides, repellents, or fungicide.
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