Dense Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
The Dense Blazing Star is one of the thousands of species in the Asteraceae family, and is one of the twenty-seven species in the Liatris genus. This wildflower can be found in moist soils and has many suitable habitats including: fens, wet prairies, swamps, roadsides, fields, and marshy meadows.
The Dense Blazing Star is a tall plant that can grow to be over 2 meters in height. The main visual characteristics of this plant is in the showy purple spike of flowers. The leaves of this plant are neither alternate or opposite, but are spiraled around the thick stem.
The Dense Blazing Star is an threatened plant species that supports Ontario’s native pollinators making it an important species for the region. I was happy to have seen a local elementary school purposely growing this species to encourage biodiversity and teach their students about wildflowers.