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Liatris microcephala

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: average, poor, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: July, August, September

Bloom Color: purple, pink, lavender

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, cut flowers, deer resistant, drought tolerant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant

Liatris microcephala (smallhead blazing star)
  • Liatris microcephala (smallhead blazing star)
  • Liatris microcephala (smallhead blazing star)
  • Liatris microcephala (smallhead blazing star)
  • Liatris microcephala (smallhead blazing star)

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Liatris microcephala

Also known as:

smallhead blazing star


button snake root


dwarf liatris


dwarf blazing star

Scientific Synonyms:

Lacinaria microcephala


The small, compact form of Liatris microcephala is unusual for the genus. It forms neat little clumps with basal, thin, grass-like foliage. Each rosette will produce several 2' tall stems with terminal spikes of fluffy purple flowers that bloom from the top down.


Smallhead blazing star is easy to grow and low maintenance. It is tolerant of poor soil and dry conditions. It is best placed in full to part-sun. The soil should be well-drained, particularly in areas with wet winters. Its native range is small, and limited to sandy glades in the southern Appalachians, but has proven to be remarkably adaptable. Its compact size makes it an excellent choice for small perennial beds, cottage gardens, and border plantings where other Liatris species might be too large. The blooming period lasts about a month, beginning as early as July. Zones 5-8


Propagate from seed or by clump division in early spring.

Additional Notes

Liatris microcephala is a very attractive, rewarding species that has been underutilized and under commercialized. It is very attractive to pollinators, and highly deer resistant.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Liatris blazing star
Species Liatris microcephala smallhead blazing star