Dense Blazing Star
Dense Blazing Star, (Liatris spicata) is a native wildflower that grows from 1-6 feet tall. Its rose-purple disk flowers are clustered on a spike that can be over one foot long and is surrounded by grass-like alternate leaves. It blooms July to September and provides showy color for most of the summer. Butterflies and other pollinators are attracted to the plentiful flowers (Liatris means "crowded" in Greek, referring to the density of the flowers clustered on the stalk). These plants are easy to grow- they are found naturally in a variety of places with moist soil- pine flatwoods, meadows, and roadsides. They are also a popular cut flowers as they last a long time and are also attractive when dried.