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Dense Blazing Star
Other common names: Button Snakewort, Prairie Gay Feather
Characteristics: Herbaceous perennial 100-180cm spread 100cm
Seeds per packet: Approx 30
An upright and clump-forming plant with flower spikes that arise from the tufted base. The tall spikes of long-lasting rose purple flowers occur during late summer and autumn.
The flower-heads open from the top down and are tightly set with a tufted feather-like appearance. This appearance gives rise to the common name Prairie gay feather. Bird attractant.
Leaves are linear and grass-like and can reach lengths of 30 cm at the base and reducing in size as they progress up the stalk.
Bulbs can be lifted and divided once they have died back at the end of the season once established.
Adaptable to a range of moist soil types in an open sunny position. Frost resistant but drought tender. Provide adequate water during hot dry spells.
Endemic throughout most of eastern North America.
Adaptable to a range of well-drained soils in an open sunny position.
Best sown in spring or early summer. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.