Plant of the Week: Northern blazing star

Northern blazing star is in bloom between West 27th and West 30th Streets in the Wildflower Field.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Northern blazing star, Liatris scariosa var. scariosa, is a perennial in the aster family which produces beautiful purple thistle-like flowers in the mid-summer. It is native to the eastern half of North America and goes by several different common names, including Devil’s Bit and Devil’s Bite, which refer to the “bitten off” appearance of its roots.

Northern blazing star is just one of several varieties of plants from the genus Liatris that we grow at the High Line. You’ll also find Spiked gayfeather, Liatris spicata, blazing star, Liatris aspera, and prairie blazing star, Liatris pycnostachya. See our August bloom guide for photos and locations of the others currently in bloom.

Between West 27th and West 30th Streets

Download our August bloom guide.

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