Wildflowers of Toronto's High Park​​

Blazing star

Family: Composite/Aster
Genus: ​Liatris

​Native to Ontario
Blooms: August to October

Flower head consists of disk flowers.

Blazing star, cylindrical
​L. cylindrical


An indicator species of black oak savannah and tallgrass prairies, adapted to sandy dry soil and frequent ground fires.

Height: up to 45 cm

Identifiable by its low height and pointed bracts.

Blazing star, dense
​L. spicata

​Status: Threatened.

Habitat: Moist meadow and prairie.

​Height: up to 180 cm

Flower heads arranged densely on a spike up to 30 cm