Gayfeather / Blazing Star

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Gayfeather and blazing star are two names for the same plant, Liatris spicata. It is a native North American perennial wildflower that is known for its tall, showy spikes of purple flowers. Gayfeather is a popular choice for gardens and landscapes because it is easy to grow and care for. It is also a valuable addition to pollinator gardens, as it attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Gayfeather is a hardy plant that can tolerate a wide range of conditions. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil, but it can also tolerate partial shade and poor soils. Gayfeather is drought-tolerant once it is established, but it will benefit from regular watering during its first year of growth.

Gayfeather is a relatively low-maintenance plant. It does not require much fertilizer or pruning. The only maintenance that is required is deadheading the spent flowers to encourage more blooms.


Gayfeather / Blazing Star
Liatris spicata
Gayfeather Blazing Star

Here are some tips for growing gayfeather:

Sow the seeds in the spring after the last frost.
Plant the seeds 1/4 inch deep and 6 inches apart.
Water the seeds regularly, especially during the first few weeks after germination.
Gayfeather is drought-tolerant, but it is important to water it during dry periods.
Fertilize the plants once a month with a balanced fertilizer.
Deadhead the flowers to encourage more blooms.
Gayfeather is a hardy plant that can tolerate a variety of pests and diseases.

Liatris spicata, also known as dense blazing star or prairie gayfeather, is native to the following states in the United States:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin



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Mary Hoggins
Tyler, Texas

Last year in the Fall, I collected a lot of seeds I planted this year.

Roger Holmes
Dallas, Texas

They really added a big splash of color to the front of my house garden bed. Love them!

Audrey Long
Mobile, Alabama

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