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

 Spring 2023 shipping schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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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.