Liatris pycnostachya (Prairie Gayfeather)
Also known as Prairie Blazing Star, Prairie Liatris, Cat-tail Blazing Star, Cat-tail Gayfeather, Cat-tail Liatris, Hairy Button-snakeroot.
Prairie Gayfeather is a showy perennial with tall flower spikes. Works well when planted en masse or as an accent. It can be used in perennial borders, prairie gardens or naturalized areas. It pares well with Purple Coneflower, Rattlesnake Master or prairie grasses.
Prairie Gayfeather is one of the few species that can handle moist soil. It can also be grown in clay soil.
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)|