Soil: Hydric( Wet) to Mesic(Medium)
Sun: Full to Part
Flowers: The flower heads are about 1/2" wide. They grow in a very dense spike on the end of a stiff stem and are reminiscent of a toothbrush, the way they are so tightly packed in the cluster.
Leaves: The linear leaves range in size from 4"-12" near the bottom to less than 1" at the top. Both the leaves and stems have short stiff hairs.
This Blazing Star does well on moist to mesic soil-types and is a nice plant to use in the rain garden! They are attractive to birds and butterflies. They also make an excellent cut or dried flower. Flowers hold their color nicely when dried properly.
Medicinal Uses: The corms have been used to treat snakebites, sore throat, and kidney ailments.
Other Uses: They make excellent additions to dried and fresh flower bouquets.
More Information: Butterflies love Blazing Stars.
Name: The scientific name "pycnostachia" means crowded.