I have large patches of purple and white Liatris scattered around the garden – all originating from the seed of a few plants I purchased and planted 15 years ago. The height of the flower spikes vary year to year, depending on how much rain we get. This spring, with record breaking rainfalls in April and May, the Liatris was almost as high as an elephant’s eye. Let’s say it was as high as a medium size cow’s eye.
Except for this one stalk, which for some reason decided walk its own path, follow its own winding, curvy, horizontal road. By the time this photo was taken in mid August it was so heavy with flowers the tip was almost touching the ground.
I collected a lot of Liatris seed a few weeks ago and hope to add even more August height in years to come.