Common Name: Blazing Star
- Habit: Herb
- Light: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
- Water Needs: Average, Dry
- Height: 2-5′
- Flower: Violet, Jun, Jul, Aug
- Fruit: Numerous small brown seeds with pappus to catch the wind.
- Fall Color: No
- Natural Habitat: Floodplain/Marsh, Bottomland Deciduous Forest
- Larval host for:
Liatris spicata has a cluster of grass-like basal leaves that puts up multiple stalks lined with brilliant violet-purple tiny flowers. The flowers are small with extended stamens, giving the stalk as a whole a fuzzy purple appearance. Drought tolerant, this plant thrives in full sun and most soils.