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Dotted Blazing Star

Scientific name

Liatris punctata


The Dotted Blazing Star is a long-lived perennial wildflower species that can grow up to 0.5 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common names: Dotted Gayfeather, Narrow Leaved Blazing Star, or Dotted Liatris. The stems are solitary but usually grow in clusters. The leaves are narrow, grass like, covered in dots of resin, have hairs on the margins, and appear densely packed up the stem. The flowers are pink to purple coloured, rounded, appear in packed clustered spikes, and bloom between July and September. The flowers are attractive to pollinator species, like hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. This plant grows easily and can be useful for re-vegetating steep eroded slopes.

Planting conditions

Dotted Blazing Star grows best in dry to normal conditions with full sun exposure. It prefers well-drained sandy or loamy soil types. It can grow moderately well on rocky soil types but may not tolerate clay. It may also do poorly on acidic or saline soil. It is very drought tolerant due to its deep taproot but young plants should be watered occasionally until established. It can grow well on moderate to steep slopes. This wildflower can be naturally found in dry meadows, prairies, and along dry shoreline slopes.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 0.5 m
  • Spread:
    • 2 m