Jul. 28, 2017

Rocky Mountain blazing star, Liatris ligustylis

Apparently this flower gets around. It is also called meadow or northern plains blazing star. It's a true wildflower that's moved into our gardens. The flower heads are up to an inch and a half across. Unlike most plants, the heads at the end of the stems bloom first, then successively downward. The plants are three to four feet tall. Rocky Mountain blazing star grows in CO, CT(escaped?), IA, IL, MN, MO, MT, ND, NM, SD, WI, WY, AB, MB, and YK. Cultivated (thanks, Chuck), Lenawee Co MI, 7/27/16.