Alternate name: Narrowleaf Gayfeather
Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family
Description This perennial's stiff, upright, unbranched stems, 1-3 ft. tall, grow in wide-spreading clumps. The tufted, purple flowers are densely congested in a long spike on the upper part of the stem. The leaves are narrow and crowded, becoming progressively smaller upward.
Flower August - December (in south); August - September (in north).
Flower August - December (in south); August - September (in north)
Habitat Open fields and woods; calcareous uplands.
Range C. Great Plains, south to Texas and adjacent Mexico.
Discussion Liatris species attract butterflies.
Comments Tolerant of alkaline soils.
Exposure Preference Sun.
Native Distribution C. Great Plains, s. to Texas & adjacent Mexico
Site Preference Open fields & woods; calcareous uplands
Soil Preference Calcareous, rocky soils.
Wildlife Value Liatris spp. attract butterflies.