Dotted Gayfeather (Liatris punctata)
Synonyms: Dense Gayfeather / Blazingstar
A perennial with slender, unbranched plant with tall spike of purple flowers; blooms from July to mid August. Found across Long Island to Michigan, south to Florida and Louisiana; moist areas, meadows, borders of marshes, savannas, damp slopes, wet-mesic prairies, in neutral to slightly acid soil. Best in full to partial sun, moist to mesic soils; tolerates combination of heat and humidity; an excellent cutflower.