Liatris aspera Michx.
Family - Asteraceae
Flowering - July - October.
Habitat - Sandy or rocky woods, roadsides.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive species is fairly uncommon in Alabama and is only found in a handful of scattered counties. The plant can be identified by its large corm, erect stems, big flower heads, and involute or cucullate involucre bracts. The plant is capable of growing to 2m tall but is frequently found much shorter. The pappus of the flowers is barbellate.
Photographs taken off Hwy 60 and off Hwy C, Carter County, MO., 8-28-03, and at Homestead National Monument of America, NE., 8-16-06.