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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