Liatris microcephala (Asteraceae)
This species is especially desirable because of its small stature. Compact grassy tufts bear several rosy-purple spikes of 1-2' from late summer into fall. Its diminutive size enables it to be at home among boulders in sunny rock gardens or as a spiky edger in sunny borders. This species, rarely in cultivation, naturally occurs in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Based on its natural range, we suggest a hardiness of zone 5-8.
Bloom color: rose-purple
Bloom period: early-fall - frost
Container size: Qt.