LGS Notes: Liatris spicata, commonly known as gayfeather or blazing star, is a deer resistant native perennial. It likes full sun and attracts birds, bees, and butterflies. It also works well in rain gardens, drought conditions and clay soil. They establish pretty well in meadow and pollinator garden setting and have striking blooms. They look nice with black eyed Susan, purple coneflower and ‘Mercury Rising’ tickseed. There is also a cultivar of liatris called ‘Kobold’, which only grows to be 2 feet tall, and is much more compact than the straight species.