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Cylindrical Blazing Star
Liatris cylindracea

a.k.a. Ontario Blazing Star

Dwarf Blazing Star is the shortest of blazing star species and prefers dry and sunny conditions. It is highly drought tolerant but doesn’t compete well with more aggressive plants. It can be found in the dry prairie habitats of SE Minnesota.

USDA symbol: LICY

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1 to 3 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorPurple
Cylindrical Blazing Star (Cylindrical Blazing Star<div><em class="small">Liatris cylindracea</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience5
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsAugust
Larval Host ofMoths
Specific Pollinators HostedSchinia sanguinea
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Stem Nesting, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden
Coefficient of Conservatism9
Herbivore SensitivityHigh
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAnoka, Chisago, Crow Wing, Dakota, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Kandiyohi, Olmsted, Pope, Ramsey, Rice, Sherburne, Wabasha, Waseca, Washington, Winona
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands