In our demonstration gardens we work with 4 or 5 different species of Liatris, also called Blazing Stars or Gay Feathers. They are all beautiful, but I have to say that this one, Liatris punctata (aka “Dotted Blazing Star”), is my favorite. It is the shortest, stockiest one of all, also the latest to bloom–just taking off right now. To top that off, it appears to be the most drought tolerant of the Liatrises. Wouldn’t you know it, L. punctata is frustratingly slow to get started in a pot, but once established in the garden it is long lived and gradually produces a scattering of offspring. What a gem!
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