Rocky Mountain Liatris, Rocky Mountain Blazing Star, Meadow Liatris, Strap-style Gayfeather, Northern Plains Blazing Star
Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis), a member of the Asteraceae (Aster Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 3 feet tall and has purple/lavender, pink to red flowers that bloom in the summer and fall.
Bleeding Flower Moth (Schinia sanguinea)
This plant is a nectar plant for Monarch butterflies, other butterflies, and bees. It also attracts hummingbirds.
Meadow blazing star is often found in pine barrens, wood clearings, and roadsides, lakeshore ridges, and railroads. It is native to mid-western North America.
The feathery heads of the flowers give it the name of gayfeather.