Soil: Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1-2 feet
Color: Rose Pink
Bloom: July – September
Suggested Uses: Dotted Blazing Star is native to upland prairies and grows well in sandy and gravelly soil. Its low growth habit makes it a nice choice for a rock garden. It is an excellent pollinator plant that is attractive to both birds and butterflies! It is good for container gardens and the flowers make great additions to bouquets.
Native Range: Native to the Great Plains. Native throughout the state of Minnesota except the Northeast corner.
Pollinators: Bees and butterflies. High-value nectar source for adult monarch butterflies. Attractive to the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis). The seeds are a food source for birds.
Flowers: The flower heads in a long cluster along short stems. There are usually 8 flowers in each flower head. Bracts are hairy and pointed at the tip.
Leaves: The leaves are very narrow and up to 4″ long. Can have short, white hairs along the edges. Leaves are sometimes speckled with resin, hence the name of the plant. Typically only one stem per plant.
Name: “Punctata” means “dotted” and refers to the tiny dots on the leaves.
Other Name: Dotted Gayfeather
More information: USDA plant profile