The Weirdness Chronicles 2007 - Chapter 8
Liatris is normally a sun-loving plant. In my yard, where nothing is ever normal, it is a shade-loving plant. I have both purple and white clumps brightening up my shade garden. For some reason this year one clump of purple liatris has stunted flowers. They weren't stunted in previous years. Both the white liatris right next to it and the purple clump on the other side of the birdbath have normal flower stalks. Fortunately, the butterflies don't seem to mind. They have been enjoying all my liatris this year, both big and small.