Jul 31 2010

Summer Beauty: Dense Blazing Star

Published by at 7:47 am under Phenology,Plants


If you weren’t able to join the Wissahickon Nature Club on their walk at Jennings Prairie last Tuesday, here’s one flower you missed.

Dense Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) is a tall spike of fuzzy-looking purple blossoms so pretty that it’s become a popular garden flower.  Unlike most plants this one starts blooming at the top first, then works its way down, attracting butterflies as it goes.

Right now the flowers are carpeting the fields at Jennings Prairie.  It’s worth a visit if you haven’t been there yet this year.  Click here for information on how to get there.

(photo by Dianne Machesney, taken during the Wissahickon Nature Walk on July 27)

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2 Responses to “Summer Beauty: Dense Blazing Star”

  1. Donnaon 31 Jul 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks for the great link to DCNR, Kate. What a wonderful reference to PA State Parks!

  2. Betty Liskaon 08 Sep 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Visited many years ago – can hardly remember. Looking for landscape type views of the prairie. So glad it’s still there! The flower pictured is wonderful.

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