Liatris spicata, also known as Dense Blazing Star or Prairie Feather is a perennial flowering plant that is native to eastern North America. These plants have tall, spiky, purple flowers that resemble bottle brushes and can grow anywhere from 1 to 5 ft tall. You will most often see these flowers growing in moist prairies and sedge meadows.
Prairie Feather blooms July through August and does best in full sun. It likes well-drained, but moist soil. These plants can tolerant some shade as well as drought but need regular watering during the first growing season to build strong roots. If you have an AC Unit or a sump pump that causes part of your yard to stay wet, these are the perfect flower to plant nearby. They will soak up a lot of that water and help get rid of soil moisture.
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