Liatris aspera Michx.
Family: Asteraceae
lacerate blazing-star, rough blazing-star, rough gayfeather, tall gay-feather
Liatris aspera image
Joanne Kline  
Etymology: Liatris: meaning lost in antiquity
Plants: erect, perennial, 16"-48" tall forb; stems with 25-90 leaves below the inflorescence
Leaves: alternate, many, long, most less than 1" wide, lower leaves long-stalked
Flowers: head 1" wide, all about the same size, with 14 -35 pink flower, middle bracts (phyllaries) with wide, irregularly-cut edges and rounded tips; inflorescence with 10 or more heads in a spike-like cluster; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: full sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, inland sands, woods; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native