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.