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Sun: Full

Moisture: Medium to wet

Height: 3-5'

Bloom Time: Jul-Sep

Bloom Color: Light purple

Genotype: Winona, MN (shares a Level II ecosystem, Mixed Woods Plains, with Southeastern Michigan).

Indigenous interactions: In the Great Lakes area, the Menominee made a compound decoction of the root for a "weak heart" (Moerman, 1998).


Stately purple plumes offer an elegant vertical element in rain gardens or other moist areas, and attract hummingbirds, skippers, native bees, and butterflies that include monarchs, Painted Ladies, Wood Nymphs, Sulphurs, Red Admirals, and others. Host plant to the Liatris Borer Moth and the Liatris Flower Moth, both of which feed only on the Liatris genus.

Liatris spicata (Marsh or Dense Blazing-Star)

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