Liatris spicata (L.) Willd.
Dense blazing star, Dense gayfeather, Marsh blazing star
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Dense gayfeather or marsh blazing star is an erect, slender perennial
reaching a height of 3-4 ft. The linear, grass-like leaves are clumped toward the base of the plant, but extend up the stem
to the showy flower cluster. A tall spike
of rayless, rose-purple (sometimes white), closely set flower heads. The purple, tufted flower heads are arranged in a long, dense spike
blooming from the top down.
The species name describes the elongated inflorescence,
with its crowded, stalkless flower heads. The protruding styles give the flower an overall feathery appearance, hence its alternate
name, Dense Gayfeather.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MD , MA , MI , MS , MO , NJ , NY , NC , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV , WI , DC Canada: ON
, QC Native Distribution:
NJ to MI & IL, s. to FL & LA; naturalized northeastward Native Habitat:
Moist, wood openings; mesic prairies; marsh edges USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist, average soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Wildlife: Butterflies frequent Liatris spp.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Hummingbirds