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Liatris microcephala (Dwarf blazing star)
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Liatris microcephala

Dwarf blazing star

An exceptional compact native with fine-textured, deep green, grassy leaves, Dwarf Blazingstar sends up numerous spikes with tassel-like rosy purple flowers in August and September. Unique to the genus the flowers open from top to bottom on the spike in a slow unfurling of brilliant color. Excellent as a cut flower. Tolerant of clay and drought, very low maintenance. Loved by butterflies! Liatris microcephala (microcephalus) can be found in sandy, dry prairies and open glades of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

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Height

18-24 Inches

Spread

12-18 Inches

Bloom Color

Red Violet

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-7

Dwarf blazing star Interesting Notes

Proven hardy greenroof plants are the Alpine types and those that can retain a certain amount of moisture within their leaves or bulbs. So, in theory, other plants known to flourish in areas of high heat, drought, wind, direct sun, and temperature extremes should be particularly adaptable to the sometimes harsh conditions of a greenroof. I would speculate that most plants naturally occurring along county roads, expressways, abandoned sites and the like that do not receive irrigation would adapt well to the greenroof environment. Gayfeather is native to the U. S. Granite Outcrops GreenRoofs.com

Liatris microcephala Growing and Maintenance Tips

L. microcephala prefers average to dry, well-drained, slightly acidic soil in full sun. Tolerant of harsh growing conditions such as poor soil, heat, humidity and drought. Best used in rock gardens, perennial and cutting gardens or naturalized areas.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Container
Container
Average
Average
Dry
Dry

Additional Information

Growth Rate
Medium
Attributes
Border
Rock Garden
Mass Planting
Wildflower Garden
Native to US
Dry Sun
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Vegetative