Liatris spicata
(Dense Blazing Star)

Other pictures of this plant:

               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Dense Blazing Star, Marsh Blazing Star, Prairie Gayfeather
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - August
    Status: Native

Liatris spicata, or Dense Blazing Star, is native to most of the eastern United States. It grows in moist, low prairies, meadows and fields and blooms in mid summer with light purple flowers on tall stalks.

This genus is a difficult one to differentiate some of the species, but the bracts below the flowers are what can be used in most cases to correctly ID them. Liatris spicata has small flower heads that come right out of the main stalk, with no separate flower stem; the bracts are tight to the flower. See the Liatris comparison photo below.

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