|blazing star (Liatris spp.)||
blazing star (Liatris spp.; COMPOSITE FAMILY [Asteraceae]) Perennial herbs with multiple unbranched stems arising from a corm. Magenta heads showy in terminal spike-like clusters, which may clothe most of plant. Heads composed of tubular flowers that appear ray-like because of conspicuous appendages protruding from the style branches. Stem leaves usually narrow; plants rarely branched above the base. Found in sandy open ground and prairies. Flowers in summer and early fall. 
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