Audubon® Rough Blazing Star
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Cute as a button! Rough Blazing Star gives new life to the late summer border when its flowering stems shoot up about three feet and its pinkish-lavender, fuzzy-button blooms start to open. The blossoms attract monarch butterflies in droves—add some Milkweed for them to lay their eggs on, and you’ll have a thriving monarch sanctuary in no time. Rough Blazing Star also appeals to swallowtails, painted ladies, red admirals, and buckeyes, and its seeds draw in songbirds like finches and chickadees in the fall. Plant en masse for a sensational late summer show of flora and fauna.
May Benefit & Attract: Finches, chickadees, and hummingbirds.
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
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- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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Rough Blazing Star is most abundant in the north-south corridor running from Minnesota to East Texas, but its range also extends to Ohio, Virginia, and Florida in the east. It favors dry, open areas and is more drought tolerant than other Blazing Stars. This species is cultivated commercially by cut flower growers, as it makes a nice vertical pop of color in arrangements. Another plus for florists is that Blazing Star opens its blooms from the top-down instead of the bottom-up, as most plants do. When the uppermost blooms are spent, you can simply snip them off, and the spike looks fresh again.
Another interesting insect that visits Rough Blazing Star is the Hummingbird moth, also known as the hawk moth or the clearwing moth. This chubby little moth really does look and move like a tiny hummingbird, and you’d swear that’s what it was! Actual Hummingbirds visit the blooms, too.
How to Grow
Rough Blazing Star favors dryish conditions and is quite at home in shallow, rocky soils. If you plant it in the richer soil of the typical garden bed, be careful not to overwater or overfertilize it, which will lead to floppy stems. You will want to water regularly during the establishment phase, however (the first summer). Plant it in all-day sun, so the flower spikes grow nice and straight; in partial shade, they’ll twist and turn to reach the light. Rough Blazing Star is adaptable and easy to please. It handles high heat and humidity with ease, and it’s cold-hardy to northern Minnesota (-40ºF!).
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