Marsh Blazing Star (Price includes 3 half-pint plants)

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Liatris spicata

Exposure: Sun-partial

Soil: Wet-medium

Height: 5 feet

Bloom: August

Attracts: The flowerheads are cross-pollinated by bumblebees, long-horned bees ( Melissodes spp.), leaf-cutting bees (Megachile spp. ), butterflies, and skippers. These insects suck nectar, although some of the bees also collect pollen for their larvae. Two uncommon prairie insects feed on Liatris spp. (blazing stars): caterpillars of Schinia sanguinea (Liatris Flower Moth) feed on the florets and developing seeds, while caterpillars of Carmenta anthracipennis (Liatris Borer Moth) bore through the stems. Mammalian herbivores eat this and other blazing stars readily.