Dense Blazing Star is a clump-forming perennial found naturally in moist meadows in Eastern North America. In the Carolinas it is reported mostly in coastal counties. Dense Blazing Star gets its name from its spectacular bottle brush flower stalks, which rise straight and sturdy to four or five feet from grass-like basal leaves. The flower is pinkish purple and blooms from the top of the flower spike down. It prefers full sun and moist conditions but is drought tolerant once established. The plant is very popular in pollinator gardens not only because of the beautiful vertical accent when flowering but also because it attracts butterflies, bees, and birds (including hummingbirds) through late summer and into September (about 3 weeks). In addition, the flowers make excellent cut flowers. This is a fine garden plant and the most wet-loving of the genus.