Maybe what your Mother has is Liatris or commonly called - Gay Flower, or Blazing Star. They are beautiful, but some consider them a weed, as they spread rapidly. I think they are lovely. Here is a link to see more about them.
The name you mention brought to mind lythrum, which is the name I knew it by when I was growing up. Now people are referring to it as purple loostrife. It is very invasive so if this is the plant you're talking about please your local regulations reguarding it. http://tomclothier.hort.net/album/lythrum.htm
If it's purple loosestrife, you don't want it, especially in Ohio. That is one state which has a program for total erradication of that invasive species. It's a pretty plant but will entirely take over any wetlands. For a time, it was legal to sell a "mule" version which supposedly did not produce fertile seeds. That didn't work out as that stuff also escaped into the wild. Even if you did get a stand of them started in Ohio, chances are good that an insect will come along and destroy them. That state is one of many which has imported a beetle which dines only on loosestrife. Thus you're against the wall no matter what. If the DNR officials don't come down on you, the bugs will!
Thanks everyone!! I do believe it is the Liatris plant. But I'm not absolutely 100% positive of it. It has about about 12 or so decidious branches coming up in a group and it looks like I can probably get a start off if it that way too. It sure is very pretty when it blooms.(It's done blooming here now till next year) But I thought the Loosestrife plant was very pretty too!! I wish I could get one of them!! Thanks for everyone's help....my mother still believes it is called lithium!! LOL
I vote that it's lythrum, too. Liatris comes up as a single stalk from a tuber, and lythrum comes up as a multi-branched plant from a fibrous root system. Lythrum's flowers are more of a rosy-purple than liatris. And lythrum is indeed banned as invasive in most places, while liatris is both a native wildflower and cultivated hybrids.
Sorry Suelandress...but I looked at the pics of the Linum and I'd still say this plant is the Liatris...judging by all the info and all the pics I've seen of it so far. I will wait till next year and really watch the plant with a very close eye and take notes on it too. THEN...I will know for sure exactly what it is. But for now....I will call it a Liatris...and my dear mother will still call it her Lithium !! :haha: LOL :haha:
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