blazing star


Definition of blazing star

1 archaic : comet
2 : any of various plants having conspicuous flower clusters or star-shaped flowers: such as
a : any of a genus (Liatris) of North American composite herbs with spikes of rosy-purple rayless flowers

called also button snakeroot

b : any of several North American rough-leaved herbs (genus Mentzelia of the family Losaceae)

Examples of blazing star in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But blazing star only have one stalk of purple flowers that bloom from August to October. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Aug. 2021 Standing in the preserve’s Visitation Prairie, Morkes pointed to stalks of blazing star — his favorite prairie flower — thriving among tall grasses, false sunflowers and spikes of goldenrod. Susan Degrane,, 12 Aug. 2021 Native prairie plants that can tolerate drought, including big bluestem, prairie milkweed, Illinois bundleflower and rough blazing star, will likely fare better than other species. Morgan Greene,, 20 Apr. 2021 Lovers of native flowers may already be familiar with some of the selections, including various trillium species, Virginia bluebell, wild ginger, cardinal flower, lobelia, bloodroot, blue and black cohosh, blazing star and Allegheny spurge. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2021 The conjunction won’t resemble a biblical, blazing star, as some news reports have suggested, but the sight might provide a little dose of awe nonetheless. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 21 Dec. 2020 Instead: For a long-lasting punch of purple in the garden, plant native purple coneflower or blazing star instead of purple loosestrife. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Aug. 2020 If you are drawn to native plants, the blazing star of the American grassland deserves greater use in our gardens. Washington Post, 16 June 2020 The universe has cooked up all sorts of bizarre and beautiful forms of matter, from blazing stars to purring cats, out of just three basic ingredients. Quanta Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of blazing star

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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