Floristan Violet Blazing Star

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This butterfly magnet produces a low clump of grassy looking leaves topped by tall spikes of bright magenta-purple hues which make for excellent cut flowers beginning in midsummer. (Liatris spicata)
Zones 3 - 9
Bee Friendly
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Good For Cut Flowers
Plants For Small Spaces
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 36-48" tall , 12-18" wide (5 bulbs per sq. ft.)
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
Item Package SizeBag of 25

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
Like the other well-known purple hybrid name Kobold, Violet tolerates some shade, but it still prefers hot blazing sun and dry, loose soil.

Liatris: The Wildflower that became a florists darling. Whether you call it by its botanical name, Liatris or one of the more popular common names (Blazing Star or Gayfeather), you'll love this plant, just like hummingbirds and butterflies do. There are several species, all native American wildflowers, but the one most often seen is L. spicata and its also the one that's received the most attention from the hybridizers.

Blazing star has the odd habit of opening its fluffy flowers from the top of the spike down, instead of the other way around, as most flowers do. And even though it grows wild from Canada to Mexico, often in poor soil, it has some definite requirements. First of all, since this plant is a native of wide open spaces, it prefers full blazing sun, and gritty, fast-draining soil. Don't put it into super-rich mushy loam! In fact, if you do, the flower spikes may topple over from weakness. If you give it a hot, dry spot, the stems are always stiff and strong.

The Florists Darling In recent years, florists have discovered the dramatic look of this purple-spiked beauty, and have used it extensively in their more unusual arrangements, where its often paired with exotics like tropical ginger blooms or Bird of Paradise. The flower spikes are also big favorites for drying.

The roots are bulb-like, and you can start these flowers with seeds (from our Wildflower Seed Department) or perennial roots. Of course, developed roots are faster; Liatris takes two years to bloom from seed. Some of the perennial cultivars will even do well for you in partial shade, but be sure the plants stay dry most of the time.

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Item Package Size
Bag of 25
Common Name
Floristan Violet Blazing Star, Gayfeather
Botanical Name
Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet'
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Flower Size
6-12" flowers
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Mature Spread
12-18" wide (5 bulbs per sq. ft.)
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Planting Depth
Plant so that the top of the root is 4" below the soil line.
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Narrow, grass-like leaves.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average, Moist / Wet
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Native, Good For Cut Flowers, Plants For Small Spaces, Rabbit Resistant
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Item Unit
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
ZoneShipping Status
Zone 2Shipping begins the week of May 8th, 2023
Zone 3Shipping begins the week of May 8th, 2023
Zone 4Shipping begins the week of May 8th, 2023
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Zone 7Shipping begins the week of April 10th, 2023
Zone 8Shipping begins the week of March 27th, 2023
Zone 9Shipping begins the week of March 20th, 2023
Zone 10Shipping begins the week of March 20th, 2023

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Plant Information’ section describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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