Prairie Blazing Star
(Liatris pycnostachya)

The un-branched stalks of Prairie Blazing Star bear dense spikes purple/blue flowers in July and August. 

  • Another name for this plant is Gayflower.
  • Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the nectar-rich flowers. 
  • After the flowers have faded, songbirds feast on the seeds.
  • Plains Indians brewed tea from the leaves and roots to treat intestinal pains.
  • The plant is actually deer-resistant.

Updated, December, 2016