Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead

Blazing star

Liatris spicata

About This Species

Zone 3a

Grow me instead of Purple loosestrife, Foxglove

Blazing star is a fantastic garden perennial with feathery, fluffy white (or purple) spikes of flowers growing to to 1.3 m tall. Shiny grass like foliage adds to the visual interest of this plant. A prairie species, Blazing star tolerates a range of environmental conditions, so it is quite low-maintenance in the garden, provided it is planted in well-drained soil. Blazing star is an excellent plant to include in the garden due to it’s attractiveness to pollinators like hummingbirds and bees.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Drought-tolerant
  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Dry or occasionally moist conditions