Rough Blazing Star is a wonderful perennial native for mesic to dry sites in sandy or sandy-loam soils.
The button-like flowerheads, which are about one inch in width are arranged in a tall, narrow spike. Flowers open from the top of the spike then downwards.
We planted several more Rough Blazing Star on our sandy, dry, sunny hillside last year and they're all doing really well. One is almost 6 feet tall. More typical heights for this plant are 20-48".
In the native garden, it combines nicely with shorter prairie grasses like Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and Side Oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula). Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida) flowers around the same time (yellow flowers), and has a similar upright form.
Rough Blazing Star is native to eastern North America, see map for range.
|Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP).|
2011. North American Plant Atlas. Chapel Hill, N.C.