Scientific Name: 
Liatris Punctata
The Dotted Gayfeather purple flowering species grows in a wide variety of habitat types in North America, including Ponderosa Pine forests, sagebrush, chaparral, pinyon-juniper woodland, and many types of grassland and prairie. It is drought-tolerant because of its deep roots, though it does become less abundant in times of drought. It is also fire-tolerant, able to resprout and disperse its wind-carried seeds to soil cleared of litter by fire. This plant is palatable to livestock and wild animal such as elk, white-tailed deer, and pronghorn. While it is commonly used for revegitating prarie habitat, it is often used for ornamental purposes as well. Photo by: D. Griffin