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blazing star

or

button snakeroot,

any plant of the genus Liatris, showy North American perennials of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
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 family). The blossoms, rosy purple or white, are in somewhat feathery heads along a usually wandlike stalk. Medicinal use has been made of a few species by both Native Americans and settlers. Some are called gayfeather. Blazing star is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
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If you have a sunny spot, you can grow blazing stars no matter whether your soil is wet or dry, sand or clay.
Having the similar color of purple, a dense blazing star is often mistaken for lavender, said local mayor Li Cheng-chi.
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The fol- lowing wildflowers grow in most areas of the country and attract a variety of creatures: goldenrod, milkweed, butterfly weed, asters, coneflowers, sun- flowers, yarrow, buttercups, bee balm, phlox, tickseed and blazing stars. (Ask your local native-plant society or extension agent which plants are native to your area and which will thrive for you.)
Walking home under the blazing stars, the world spins with waltzes and reels and porter and song, but it is the earthy turf smoke from every chimney that intoxicates more than any dram.
The area grew back to what it was historically-a native prairie of waving grasses, purple blazing stars, yellow sunflowers, and light blue spring pasqueflowers.
Black-eyed Susan, blazing stars, coneflowers, coreopsis, goldenrod, ironweed and Joe-Pye weed are seed-bearing favorites of many types of birds.