Liatris spicata is a beautiful plant - a member of the Sunflower Family and also known as Marsh Blazing Star or Spike Gayfeather. Plants prosper in sunny sites with moist soil but can tolerate clay and imperfect conditions. Liatris spicata is a robust plant that produces foliage topped by florets each head containing up to 10 disc florets. Plants are up to 6’ tall but height is variable depending on soil moisture and fertility.Summer foliage is topped by rosy-purple spiky flowers. It is very attractive to insects and especially butterflies. Liatris spicata attracts beneficial bees, skippers, butterflies, hummingbird moths and hummingbirds. Birds feed on the seed during autumn. Rabbits and deer can sometimes feed on the foliage and stems. The corms are a favored food of meadow voles or prairie voles. Thankfully this is not a big problem in the DMV.