Button Blazingstar, Liatris aspera
A spike of rounded, rayless, pinkish to lavender (sometimes white) flower heads along stiff erect stems covered with grayish hairs. One of the popular gayfeathers, it grows from 1-4 ft. tall. The stem is lined with short, narrow, bright-green leaves. This species is distinguished by its roughness, rounded bracts, and zig-zag appearance to the stem. Very unusual addition to the garden, and popular with bees and butterflies.