Family, Composite. Color, rose purple. C ollas, tubular, no rays. Heads of flowers, large, crowded on the upper part of the very leafy stems. Leaves, linear, rigid, upright, the lower 3 to 5-nerved. August to October.

A rough, bristling plant, 2 to 5 feet high, found along roadsides, in moist ground, from Massachusetts to Minnesota and southward. Very handsome, regular flowers of striking color. (See illustration, p. 358.)

Blazing star (Liatris spicata)

Blazing star (Liatris spicata)