Rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)
Vivid-purple flowers about 1 inch wide are borne along a stalk 2-4 ft tall. Plants have narrow, sandpapery basal leaves that grew to about 6 inches tall, and were well-established by their third year of growth. Plants bloomed in late August and early September. This species was the second least attractive to natural enemies in the late season, with similar numbers of natural enemies as in the grass control.
Shade Tolerance: Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture: Dry to Moist
Soils: Loam, Sand
Height: 2-3 ft.
Bloom Time: July-Oct
Deer Resistant: Yes
Other: Drought tolerant; attracts birds.