Liatris punctata, Dotted Blazing Star
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Dotted Blazing Star is the star of the sand prairie in your life. That doesn't mean you cannot plant Liatris aspera (see below) in a sand prairie, just that Dotted does it so well. It is also one of the shorter Blazing Stars, which makes sense given the super well-drained, lean soils of sand plains leading to shorter plants across that habitat.
Blooms: pinkish magenta, July into September
Height: 16 to 24 inches
Conditions: sun to pt sun, medium-dry to dry, sandy or gravelly soils
The Four Liatris...
- Liatris punctata, Dotted Blazing Star for sandy, dry soils
- Liatris pycnostachya, Prairie Blazing Star for moist soils
- Liatris aspera, Rough Blazing Star for dry soils
- Liatris ligulistylis, Meadow Blazing Star for average soils