Liatris squarrulosa (Asteraceae)
Southern Blazing Star
1998 NC Wildflower of the Year. Of the many spikey, purple blazing stars and gayfeathers we grow and enjoy, this is one of the showiest. From late summer into fall, 4-6'-tall flower stalks rise from basal foliage. Bright, rosy-purple, distinctively large 1" flower heads cover the upper stalks, and bloom from the top down. One of the latest blooming liatris, L. squarrulosa is tough as nails, thriving in poor soils and in sun to part shade. Native to the Southeast and Mississippi Valley states.
Bloom color: purple
Bloom period: late-summer
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