Liatris (ly-AT-riss) spicata(spy-KAY-tuh, meaning to grow "in spikes") is native to eastern North America, and distributed from Quebec to Florida. Plant height is 18" to 48". Flower color ranges from purple to pink, and there is a white variety. The feathery, star-shaped flowers arranged along the spike inspired its common names: Blazing Star, Gayfeather. Indeed, it would look jaunty stuck in a hatband.

In addition to its imaginative uses as a cut flower, liatris is grown in perennial borders, wildflower meadows, butterfly and bird gardens (goldfinches love the seeds!) and medicinal plant collections. Liatris is deer resistant.

To learn more, read our article Liatris - The Feather In Your Cap.

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