Rough Blazingstar

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Liatris aspera, 1/2-pint plug

Exposure: Sun-partial

Soil Moisture: Medium-dry

Height: 3-5 feet

Bloom: July-August

Description: Why is this called rough blazingstar? It should be called button blazing star, because the blooms look like delightful little buttons. This Liatris prefers medium to dry soil conditions and will bloom for many weeks in the months of July to October. It grows best in full sun but can tolerate a fair amount of shade. Butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees are greatly attracted to the flowers of Liatris aspera. Like all Liatris species, it is great in flower arrangements both as fresh and dried as the flowers keep their purple color. Many insects visit the flowers of Liatris aspera including honeybees, bumblebees, Little Carpenter bees, Miner bees, and Leaf-Cutting bees. Butterfly visitors include Monarchs, Painted Ladies, Black Swallowtails, Sulfurs, and more.

Attracts: Primarily long-tongued bees, butterflies, skippers, and bee flies visit the flowers. Among the long-tongued bees, this includes honeybees, bumblebees, Little Carpenter bees, Miner bees, and Leaf-Cutting bees. Butterfly visitors include Monarchs, Painted Ladies, Black Swallowtails, Sulfurs, and others. Other visitors include Green Metallic bees and other Halictine bees. The latter bees collect pollen primarily, and are not effective pollinators. The caterpillars of the rare Schinia florida (Glorious Flower Moth) feed on the flowers and seed capsules of this and other Liatris spp. Mammmalian herbivores, large and small, readily eat the foliage and stems, including rabbits, deer, and groundhogs.