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Dotted Gayfeather

Photo by Iralee Barnard

Common Name: Dotted Gayfeather

Scientific Name: Liatris punctata

Family: Aster

Longevity: Perennial

Height: 1 - 2 feet

Bloom Period: August and September


Description: 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.

Comments: 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.

Photo by Chris Hase