It is commonly grown in gardens for its showy purple flowers (pink or white in some cultivars). All spikes of purple flowers appear in July and August.
Native to moist prairies and sedge meadows. It thrives in full sun in ordinary garden soil. Excellent for attracting birds and butterflies.
Liatris spicata is a garder flower in many countries around the world. It goes under many names. Button snakewort, Kansas gay feather, Blazing star, Liatris callilepis are used in the UK.
The white cultivar goes by the name liatris alba.
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