( Liatris squarrosa )
Scaly blazingstar, Scaly gayfeather, taken on September 27, 2007.
Photo Credit: Mike Strickland
Blazingstar will begin to bloom along roadsides and in fields mid-to-late summer. The show of tuft-like purple-pink flowers lasts about one month as the flowerheads bloom from the top to the bottom. Reaching a height of 12 to 36 inches, this member of the aster family stands very erect and is unbranched. The scaly part of its common names derives from the hairy or "scaly" stem. Blazingstar seems to thrive in hot and dry conditions.
Common uses for this plant include: Liatris squarrosa produces a medium height mound of brilliant purple-pink flowers in late summer. Excellent for hot, dry sites and as an attractant to native bees and butterflies.