Button Snakewort, Dense Blazing Star
Long-lived polycarpic perennial
E North America
Cherokees relieved stomach aches by drinking a tea made from the roots.
Source of plant
North Creek Nurseries, Richters, Plant Collections Consortium, KY
To 1.5m tall. Stems stiff, glabrous, rarely hirsute. Leaves to 40x2cm, linear-lanceolate or linear. Capitula clustered in a dense spike, to 70cm, sessile or pedunculate, to 1.5cm; phyllaries adpressed elliptic-oblong, glabrous, margin scarious, purple-tinged at anthesis; florets red-purple. Fruits to 6mm; pappus to 7mm.
USDA Hardiness Zone