Liatris aspera Rough Blazing Star
Seed and Potted Plants
(lee-AH-tris  AS-pe-uh)

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Liatris aspera Rough Blazing Star  Photo by cj 

Habitat Bloom Period Color Height Inches Moisture Plant Spacing Lifespan
lia.as1.jpg (10769 bytes) Sun to Light Shade September Purple 24 to 36 Inches Dry to Average 12 Inches Perennial

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 Liatris aspera seed
  Rough Blazing star

number of seeds

approximate coverage
in square feet

1 packet -

100 20 sq ft

1 ounce -

 12,000 600 sq ft

1 pound -

 192,000 9600 sq ft

Liatris aspera, Rough Blazing Star or Button snakeroot, has showy deep rose-purple flower  heads crowded on long spikes that grow up to 4 feet tall.  As with other Liatris species, it makes an excellent cut flower.  The flower nectar is a food source for butterflies and hummingbirds and the seeds are eaten by songbirds.  These versatile plants look nice when planted with other Liatris species, Echinacea (Coneflower), Silene (Royal catchfly), and prairie grasses in a formal or naturalized meadow garden.    Although, it is tolerant of poor soil and drought conditions it is best in average, well drained garden soil in full sun or light shade.  The root tea of Liatris species was used medicinally in folk remedies. 

Wild Liatris aspera Rough Blazing Star seed germination is improved after a pretreatment of 8 to 12 weeks of cold moist stratification or when planted outside in the fall or early winter.

Wild Liatris aspera Rough Blazing Star grows naturally in glades, bald knobs, meadows, rocky prairies and open upland savannas from Ontario to Wisconsin and North Dakota, south to Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.  Asteraceae (Aster Family)

The map below shows areas where native Liatris aspera Rough Blazing Star plants grow wild but it can be planted and will grow over a much wider area than shown.  USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.

Liatris aspera
Rough Blazing Star


New York
North Carolina
North Dakota

South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

Liatris aspera Rough Blazingstar State Distributional Map for LIAS

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Liatris aspera Rough Blazing Star Plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
  ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.