Liatris is such an elegant flower in every stage of its life. Before it blooms, the upright spikes with delicately hanging leaves present a linear harmony. When it starts to bloom, it starts turning purple from the top and gradually gains color downward as if some paint is poured over it. During its blooming period, its dainty clusters of purple flowers are a delight to the eye and an attraction for the bees and butterflies. Even when it starts to fade, there is a gradual shedding of color, again from top to bottom.
Here are some photographs I took at various times. The background color is provided by the masses of yellow Coreopsis Moonbeam we have in several beds.