© Iralee Barnard
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Several erect, stiff stems arise from a single, woody base. Narrow, gland-dotted,
pointed leaves are numerous and spread along the stem. Densely crowded rose-purple flowers
are produced in small, cylindrical heads at the ends of the stems.
Dotted Gayfeather is common on shallow soils nearly statewide. The flowers hold their
color well when picked early and dried for winter bouquets. Gayfeather species are used by
florists and are available from nurseries for home gardens. This deep-rooted plant is
nutritious and palatable to livestock during early growth. It decreases in abundance on
heavily grazed pastures. A closely related species, Rough Blazing-star, has button-like
flower heads along the spike and is found only in the eastern half of Kansas.
© Chris Hase
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Text: Iralee Barnard
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