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Cylindric Blazing Star

Scientific name

Liatris cylindracea


Cylindrical Blazing Star is an upright, clump-forming, perennial wildflower that can reach 45 cm in height. The leaves are narrow, linear, grass like, alternately arranged, have entire margins, and become smaller and fewer as they ascend the stem. The flowers are showy and unique, pink to purple colored, tubular, have five small petals, have a fluffy appearance, appear in compound racemose spikes on flowering stems, and bloom between July and September. Reddish green left bracts form a smooth, cylindrical surface surrounding each compound flower. The flowers are beneficial for pollinator species, like bees and butterflies.

Planting conditions

Cylindric Blazing Star grows best in dry to normal conditions with full sun exposure. It prefers well-drained, alkaline rocky loam or sandy soil types. It is tolerant of drought but young plants should be watered occasionally until established. It is also tolerant of nutrient poor soil. It is intolerant of wet, poorly drained soil and competition. This wildflower can be naturally found in dry prairies, open rocky forests, rocky bluffs, or along dry shoreline slopes.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Basic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 45 cm
  • Spread:
    • 50 cm