Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: average, poor, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: July, August, September
Bloom Color: purple, lavender
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, cut flowers, drought tolerant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Liatris microcephalaAlso known as:
smallhead blazing star,
button snake root,
dwarf blazing star
The small, compact form of Liatris microcephala is unusual for the genus. It forms neat little clumps of grass-like foliage. Each rosette will produce several 2' tall stems with terminal spikes of fluffy purple flowers typical of most other liatris.
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. This is a late summer to early fall bloomer: July to September. It is limited to a small native range in the southern Appalachians in zones 6-7, but is adaptable to warmer areas, and colder ones with protection.
Propagate from seed or by clump division in early spring.
Liatris microcephala is a very attractive, rewarding species that has been underutilized and under commercialized. It is ideal for cottage gardens and rock gardens alike. The flower spikes are a good choice for use in cut flower arrangements.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, GA, KY, NC, SC, TN
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