Looking good now
This stunning Indian bean tree is finally in flower at the heart of the Rock Garden.
This stunning Indian bean tree is finally in flower at the heart of the Rock Garden.
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Liatris spicata

This wonderful late summer performer deserves the Liberace prize for pizzazz and wild common names - prairie or Kansas gay feather and dense blazing star being just a few. A member of the Compositae family, the foliage and structure all look rather lily-like but a close, close look at the flower capitula, arranged close all around the spike, reveal a more typical daisy flower opening, before the stamens erupt through to turn the whole spike into a rather garish powder brush.
It is native to North American prairie grasslands, and a magnet of bees and butterflies of all sorts.

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