New England Blazing Star - Wild Flower seeds
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New England Blazing Star - is an endemic, globally rare perennial composite of dry, sandy grasslands and ...
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(Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae) is an endemic, globally rare perennial composite (family Asteraceae) of dry, sandy grasslands and clearings.
It has showy purple flowers that bloom from late August to October.
Aids to identification: New England Blazing Star grows up to 2.6 feet (80 cm) in height, and has numerous alternate, entire (hairless), and very narrow (0.4 - 2 inches; 1-2.5 cm) stem leaves.
Flowers are purple, and are borne in heads, generally with 3 to 30 heads per plant. The heads are hemispheric in shape, and have stalks that range in length from very short (these heads are subsessile) to about 2 inches (5 cm). Flower heads have 20 to 80 flowers. It also blooms quite late in the season, after many garden plants have long finished blooming.
New England blazing star is a perennial.
The seeds of this plant will germinate the next spring when planted in fall or autumn.
Plant it in well-drained soils in full sun; the seeds require about 12 weeks of cold, moist conditions. You can sow the seeds in the ground or in pots in late fall, placing the pots in a cold frame or other protected spot until winter has passed. Or you can mix the seeds with a handful of moistened vermiculite, sphagnum moss, or sand in a sealed plastic bag, place it in the refrigerator for three months, and then in spring sow the lot in a pot or in the garden.
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