- May Benefit & Attract: Finches, chickadees, and hummingbirds
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
- Mature Height: 2-4' tall
- Mature Width: 1-2' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 1-2' apart
Why plant Audubon® Rough Blazing Star?
Cute as a button! Rough Blazing Star gives new life to the late summer border when its flowering stems shoot up about three feet and its pinkish-lavender, fuzzy-button blooms start to open. The blossoms attract monarch butterflies in droves—add some Milkweed for them to lay their eggs on, and you’ll have a thriving monarch sanctuary in no time. Rough Blazing Star also appeals to swallowtails, painted ladies, red admirals, and buckeyes, and its seeds draw in songbirds like finches and chickadees in the fall. Plant en masse for a sensational late summer show of flora and fauna.
Rough Blazing Star is most abundant in the north-south corridor running from Minnesota to East Texas, but its range also extends to Ohio, Virginia, and Florida in the east. It favors dry, open areas and is more drought tolerant than other Blazing Stars. This species is cultivated commercially by cut flower growers, as it makes a nice vertical pop of color in arrangements. Another plus for florists is that Blazing Star opens its blooms from the top-down instead of the bottom-up, as most plants do. When the uppermost blooms are spent, you can simply snip them off, and the spike looks fresh again.
How to use Audubon® Rough Blazing Star in the landscape?
Another interesting insect that visits Rough Blazing Star is the Hummingbird moth, also known as the hawk moth or the clearwing moth. This chubby little moth really does look and move like a tiny hummingbird, and you’d swear that’s what it was! Actual Hummingbirds visit the blooms, too.
Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 3-8
How To Plant Audubon® Rough Blazing Star
Rough Blazing Star favors dryish conditions and is quite at home in shallow, rocky soils. If you plant it in the richer soil of the typical garden bed, be careful not to overwater or overfertilize it, which will lead to floppy stems. You will want to water regularly during the establishment phase, however (the first summer). Plant it in all-day sun, so the flower spikes grow nice and straight; in partial shade, they’ll twist and turn to reach the light. Rough Blazing Star is adaptable and easy to please. It handles high heat and humidity with ease, and it’s cold-hardy to northern Minnesota (-40ºF!).
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.