Liatris aspera (Rough Gayfeather)
Also known as Tall Blazing Star, Rough Blazing Star, Tall Gayfeather, Rough Liatris, Button Snakeroot.
Rough Gayfeather is a showy, drought-tolerant perennial featuring pinkish to lavender flowers. It works well in perennial borders, rock gardens or low-growing dry meadows.
Rough Gayfeather likes a dry to medium soil and a sunny spot. It sometimes needs two years before blooming. Overwatering will cause root rot. Pollinators flock to Rough Gayfeather and the seeds are eaten by birds.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Full sun
|Bloom color||Pink, purple
|Bloom time||Late summer, early fall
|Mature height||2-5 ft
|Mature spread||1-2 ft
|Attracts||Butterflies, hummingbirds, bees|
|Host plant||Various small moths, such as Schinia trifascia, Synchlora aerata and Schinia sanguinea.|
|Notes||Native bee and bumble bee friendly.
|Present in state|
|Present in county and native|
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state|
|Not present in state|
|Present and rare, native in county|
|Previously present, now extinct|
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)|