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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Late-Summer Wildflowers

Craig Bihrle photo: Dotted blazing star
Craig Bihrle
  Dotted blazing star
(Liatris puncata)

Distribution: statewide
Habitat: upland prairies
Flowers: light purple on unbranched, thick, spike-like main stock
Height: 8-40 inches
Blooms: August to October
Family name: Aster (Asteraceae)
Other names: Gayfeather
Plant uses and other interesting facts: The deep taproot of this plant was used by Plains Indians for healing wounds, swelling, bladder trouble, diarrhea and gonorrhea. Butterflies flock to this flower to feed on its nectar.

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