Liatris is a genus of flowering plants in the boneset tribe within the sunflower family native to North America. Its most common name is blazing star. Some species are used as ornamental plants, sometimes in flower bouquets. They are perennials, surviving the winter in the form of corms. The tall slender spikes of purple flowers grow to about 4' tall. Habitat ranges from wet flatwoods, seep slopes, bogs, savannas, ditches, secondary woods. This is a showy fall bloomer with flower spikes starting to bolt up late summer in preparation for the fall show of gorgeous blooms.