Liatris spicata is in the sunflower family Asteraceae. Commonly known as dense blazing star, it is native throughout most of eastern North America where it grows in prairies and meadows. Dense blazing star is an herbaceous perennial wildflower that blooms during the late summer, producing a long inflorescence densely packed with light purple flowers. These flowers are a major attractor of pollinators including both bees and hummingbirds. Dense blazing star is a very popular cultivated plant for the garden, and prefers to be planted in full sun.