Hardy North American perennial flower
Description: Bears dense spikes of bright purple flower heads from midsummer to early autumn. Flower stalks arise from densely clustered, linear basal leaves.
Habit: Grows to 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
Culture: Prefers light, moderately fertile, dry to medium but well-drained soil and full sun; drought-tolerant
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 through 9
Origin: United States
Attributes: Attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, cut flower, drought tolerant
Meriwether Lewis collected the Prairie Blazing Star, also known as Kansas Gayfeather, near Chamberlain in Brule County South Dakota on September 15th, 1804. In the wild Liatris, which are members of the Aster family, occur mainly in prairie or open woodland, on dry, stony ground in Eastern and Central United States. The flowers open from the top of the inflorescence downward and are attractive to bees and butterflies and good for cutting.