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Liatris spicata. Gayfeather is an eastern U.S. native which also goes by the name of Marsh Blazingstar. It grows best in full sun with moist to mesic conditions and tolerates the combination of heat and humidity. Plants can grow up to 4 feet tall and produce purple, feathery wands that give the species its name. Recommended for the home garden and for cutting. Also useful in meadow plantings and rain gardens as well as prairie and pollinator mixes. Attracts seed-eaters and pollinators such as butterflies, honey bees and wild bees. Serves as a host plant for the rare Glorious Flower Moth (Schinia gloriosa).