Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera)
A.k.a. button or tall blazing star. Perhaps Indiana’s most wodespread blazing star (next to dense blazing star), rough blazing star is easy to grow in well drained soil. Prefers poor soils, and may need staked in fertile soil. Showy flowers generally bloom later than other blazing stars. Readily eaten by a variety of herbivores, so young and/or isolated plants may need protection.
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Soil Type: Adaptable
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Aug-Sep
Root Type: Corm
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees, flies, butterflies, and skippers. Hosts the rare glorious flower moth. Foliage is readily eaten by mammals, and rodents may feed on the corms.