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Liatris spicata

Liatris will provide a perfect vertical perennial accent for the garden. The rose-purple spikes will attract both butterflies and hummingbirds. They are also excellent in floral arrangements and make good dried flowers. Plants form a low clump of grassy looking leaves, bearing tall spikes of bright magenta-purple flowers beginning in midsummer. It is very useful in the sunny border or meadow garden, or in containers. Drought tolerant. liatris form full clumps of multiple spikes after two growing seasons and will benefit by dividing them every 3-4 years

Features terminal spikes of sessile, rounded, fluffy, deep purple flower heads (each to 3/4″ across) appearing atop rigid, erect, leafy flower stalks. Multiple stalks arise from basal tufts of narrow leaves (to 10″). Flowers generally open top to bottom on the spikes. Blooms in summer. Liatris belongs to the aster family, with each flower head having only fluffy disk flowers (resembling “blazing stars”) and no rays.

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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 24-36"
Spacing 12-15"
Hardiness Zones 3-9
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Dark green
Flower Rose-purple
Bloomtime July - September

General Information +

Botanical: Liatris spicata

Common: Blazing Star

Family: Asteraceae

General Characteristics: Excellent compact plant for perennial border fronts or cutting gardens.

Use: As Accent Plant, Good Texture/Form, Attracts Butterflies, Border, Containers, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant, Massed and Wild Flower Garden.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Does not need staking.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Clumps may be easily divided every 3 to 4 years in the spring.