Dotted Gayfeather

LATIN NAME
Liatris punctata

LONGEVITY
Perennial

SEASON
Warm

ORIGIN
Native

DETAILS
• Also known as, “Dotted blazing-star”.
• Growth 6 to 30 inches tall, arises singly or in clusters from rootstock.
• Flowers August to September.
• Produces a taproot that can reach a depth of 15 ft., making it quite drought resistant.
• In the early stages of growth, it is nutritious and palatable for livestock, especially preferred by sheep.
• Found in dry, open upland sites, primarily on sandy soils.
• In the spring, the Kiowa baked the roots over a fire and ate them; it is said to have a carrot-like flavor in the early spring. The Blackfoot applied a poultice of boiled roots to swellings and took an infusion of roots to treat stomach aches.

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