One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of North American plants, some of which are cultivated for their flowers.
a plant of the daisy family with tall spikes of purple or white flowers (genus Liatris, family Compositae)
a plant of the western US with toothed leaves and yellow flowers (genus Mentzelia, family Loasaceae), especially the gray-leaved, large-flowered giant blazing star (M. laevicaulis)
- ‘Gayfeather, also called blazing star, is excellent as cut flowers, and in recent years has become a favorite of the florist industry.’
- ‘Showing off in autumn are blazing star, bristleleaf chaffhead, goldcrest, redroot, two kinds of native sunflower, woolly sunbonnets, and several species of yellow-eyed grasses.’
- ‘In Missouri, some glades do resemble prairies, with plants that include big and little bluestem, Indian grass, Indian paintbrush, prairie larkspur, purple coneflower, and blazing stars.’
- ‘The blazing star is a bit tricky to identify since many other purple wildflowers look similar.’
- ‘By the time of the first prescribed burn, Heller's blazing star, another declining species within the same habitat, had been listed as threatened.’
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