Blazing Star Garden Plants
Blazing star garden plants adds a little zip to the garden with its tall spikes of purple flowers. The hairy flowers on the cone-shaped stalks are unusual because they open from the top down on the flower stalk. They’re stunning in themselves as they rise above their grass-like foliage, through the air up to 4 feet tall. Blazing star garden plants are also favorites of bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Once established, the plant is drought tolerant and tame in the garden, slowly expanding over time. Blazing star actually grows from under ground corms or bulbs. You can help spread them around by digging and dividing the bulbs in fall. Blazing star garden plants can also be propagated from cuttings, but this takes time, because plants started this way grow slower than those grown from corms. Propagating blazing star by division is easy. Corms that are a few years old can be cut into three or four pieces to start new plants. As long as each piece has an eye and roots it will grow into a new plant.
Blazing star garden plants doesn’t need additional fertilizer other than compost when planting. In fact, too much fertility will cause the flower stalks to flop. Although blazing star can take dry conditions, during the heat of summer, be sure to apply about 1 inch of water a week or the flower stalks may be stunted.