Dense blazing star
Family – Asteraceae, aster family
Genus, species – Liatris spicata
Long grass-like leaves are clumped at base of plant.
Flowers are pink, purple, or white, arranged on a tall dense spike. Petals are tube-shaped.
Requires full sun. Grows in meadows, prairies. Also cultivated.
Dense blazing star is unusual in flowering from the top to the bottom of the spike. Dense blazing star is suitable for borders, butterfly gardens and cottage or prairie gardens.
Liatris is from the Greek for "smooth" or "bald" and spicata is from the Latin for "spiked," referring to the elongated inflorescence of flowers.