Liatris microcephala Smallhead Blazing Star
Dwarf Blazing Star, Button Snake Root
(lee-AH-tris  my-kro-SEF-uh-luh)

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  Habitat Bloom Period Color Height Inches Moisture Plant Spacing Lifespan
  Sun July and August Purple 12 to 20 Inches Dry to Average 8 to 24 Inches Perennial

Liatris mucronata Narrowleaf Gayfeather Photo by cj    

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 Liatris microcephala seed
 Smallhead Blazingstar seed

number of seeds

approximate coverage
in square feet

packet -

 150 30 sq ft

ounce -

 4,800 240 sq ft

pound -

 76,800 3,800 sq ft

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Liatris microcephala Smallhead Blazing Star, is a clump forming perennial with fluffy 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep rose-purple flower heads found tightly clustered on several dense leafy wand-like spikes growing up to 2 feet tall.  The leaves are narrow and grass like up to 6 inches long.  The critters love of Liatris mucronata is evident by the visits of many butterflies and  hummingbirds.  In addition its seeds are eaten by goldfinches and other songbirds.  This plant is also Dwarf Blazingstar and is at home when planted in the rock garden with Sporobolus (Prairie Dropseed), Rudbeckia (Missouri Black-eyed Susan), and Callirhoe (Purple Poppy Mallow). 

Liatris seed germination is improved after a pretreatment of cold moist stratification or when planted outside in the fall or early winter.

This attractive widflower is native to the southern Appalachian Mountains .  
Asteraceae (Aster Family)

The map below shows areas where Liatris plants grow wild but it can be planted 
will grow over most of the Midwest and Eastern US.  USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 9.


Liatris microcephala

native natural wild distribution

Occurs naturally in a small portion of
North Carolina
South Carolina

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Liatris microcephala smallhead blazingstar Plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
  ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.















Liatris microcephala is a small, upright, clump-forming perennial which is native to the southern Appalachian Mountains and which typically grows to only 2' tall. Features terminal spikes of sessile, rounded, fluffy, deep rose-purple flower heads (each to 3/4" across) appearing atop multiple, erect, leafy flower stalks arising from basal tufts of narrow, grass-like leaves. Flowers generally open top to bottom on the spikes. Blooms in summer. Liatris belongs to the aster family, with each flower head having only fluffy disk flowers (resembling "blazing stars") and no rays.

Liatris mucronata 
Blazing star, Cusp blazing star, Cusp gayfeather, Gay-feather, Narrow-leaf gayfeather
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

Liatris mucronata's stiff upright unbranched stems 1-3 ft. tall grow in wide-spreading clumps. The tufted purple flowers are densely congested in a long spike on the upper part of the stem. The leaves are narrow and crowded becoming progressively smaller upward.

Liatris species attract butterflies. 

Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Flower Size: 4 inch spires 5 inch spikes 7 inch spikes 8 inch spi Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec 

USA: AR , KS , MO , OK , TX
Native Distribution: C. Great Plains s. to TX and adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Open fields and woods; calcareous uplands 

Growing Conditions
Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Calcareous rocky soils. Gravelly Sandy Limestone-based
Conditions Comments: Narrowleaf gayfeather likes a dry to medium soil in full sun. Too much water will leads to root rot. Will self seed in a sandy soil. Tolerant of alkaline soils.
texas comments: Narrowleaf gayfeather likes a dry to medium soil in full sun. It makes a good cutflower that will hold its color for a long time. Too much water will lead to root rot. It will self seed in a sandy soil. It is tolerant of alkaline soils.

Use Ornamental: Perennial garden Rocky hillside Rock gardens
Use Wildlife: Liatris spp. attract butterflies.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal