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Dotted Blazing Star
Liatris punctata

Dotted Blazing Star is shorter than most blazing star species in Minnesota and grows in clumps. It grows best in well-drained, sandy soils and in full sun. It is a very drought tolerant plant.

USDA symbol: LIPU

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height2 to 3 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorPurple
Dotted Blazing Star (Dotted Blazing Star<div><em class="small">Liatris punctata</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience5
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, Fire Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsAugust to October
Larval Host ofMoths
Specific Pollinators HostedCarmenta anthracipennis, Schinia sanguinea, Schinia tertia
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Stem Nesting, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeShoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityHigh
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAnoka, Becker, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Clay, Cottonwood, Dakota, Douglas, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, McLeod, Meeker, Morrison, Murray, Nicollet, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Roseau, Scott, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Washington, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands