Liatris microcephala Dwarf Blazing Star



Liatris microcephala, also called Dwarf Blazing Star, has stems of fine, shiny, deep green grassy foliage. A clump-former, it sends up numerous spikes of small, rosy purple, fluffy flowers in late summer.

Dwarf Blazing Star, also sometimes called Appalachian Blazing Star, is native to parts of the southeastern United States, where is can be found in dry sandy prairies, on rocky outcrops, in open woodlands and sunny meadows, as well as on sandy stream banks.

Like other Liatris species the flowers of Liatris microcephala open from the top of stem down. It is a compact, almost dainty plant compared to other Liatris. This uncommon perennial is one of our Favorites!

Liatris microcephala prefers full sun to light shade and moist to average, poor soil. Good drainage is important, particularly in winter! It is tolerant of harsh growing conditions including heat, humidity and drought.


  • Common Names: Dwarf Gayfeather
  • Zones: 4-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers moist, well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 18-24
  • Width at Maturity: 15-18
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Middle to late summer
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Coastal Conditions. Drought.
  • Other Features: Cut Flower. Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

 IMPORTANT: We are at capacity for shipping the week of 4/8. All new orders will be shipped the week of 4/15 (or later, if your Zone has not started shipping in the list below).

(Zone 7 is by far our largest group of orders, and we appreciate your patience while we work extra hard to make this happen. Thank you!)


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 9&10: Already started
    • Zone 8: Already started
    • Zone 7: Starting April 8th
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you wish to receive your plants earlier than what's on this schedule, please send us an email after you place the order. Please note that we only ship on Mondays and Tuesdays for the safety of the plants in transit.

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We ship via UPS & USPS (the Post Office), and their ship rates are automatically generated through our site. We do not profit on shipping costs. We are working with these providers to get our customers the best rates possible.

All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.