Blazing Star or Gayfeather - Liatris spicata
It grows in long spikes approx 3-4 ft, which are densely covered with slender, grass-like leaves of green. The small flowers are a deep violet purple and grow spire-like up the stalk. An odd and interesting native. Liatrises will thrive in places where scarcely anything else will grow but prefer moist soil and partial shade.
Zones: 3 through 8
Height: Up to 3 ft.
Flower Color: Purple
Plant Type: Perennial
Light Requirement: Sun
Bloom Time: Mid Season
Seeds per Pound: 144,000
Is this wildflower invasive: No
Is this wildflower endangered: No
Is this wildflower edible: No
Is this wildflower medicinal: No