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Liatris

Liatris (lye-ay-triss), gayfeather, blazing star; Asteraceae Family. Liatris is a tall, North American perennial, up to 6 feet tall, with handsome purple or white bloom sprays in August and September. Among the hardiest of the available choices for the perennial border, Gayfeather grows in average, medium, well-drained soils. A light but fairly rich soil is desirable for best blooms, but these plants survive poor soils and extremes of heat, humidity, cold and drought.  However, Liatris is intolerant of wet soils in winter. Generally, L. spicata’ (spye-kay-tuh) prefers more moisture than other members of the Liatris family.

Propagate by seeds or division in early spring. The roots of this genus are tuberous, and they may be lifted every few years and divided. When dividing use a sharp knife and keep at least one eye per division; dust newly cut ends with a fungicidal powder before replanting.

It is a apt choice for southern gardens since it is very tolerant of hot summers. 
Attributes: border plant, cut flower, dried flower and mass plantings. Attracts butterflies and deer resistant.

 Native species are on the preservation lists of some states.

  • 'Kobold Original'
GAYFEATHER, BLAZING STAR
Liatris s. 'Kobold Original'
This native perennial adds a strong vertical
element to the middle of the border. Bright rosy
lavender flower spikes top each stem of narrow,
green leaves. Essential for the cutting garden
and attracting butterflies.
EXPOSURE: Full Sun
BLOOMS: Early to Midsummer
HEIGHT: 14 in
SPACE: 8-12 in
ZONE: 3-9

    Liatris spicata 'Kobold Original' (25) BR Plants

    Liatris spicata 'Kobold Original' Common name: gayfeather, blazing star, dense blazing star or marsh blazing star. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 14 inches tall and 8 to 12 inches wide; tall, upright, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial. Growth...

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  • Liatris spicata 'Floristan White'

    Liatris spicata 'Floristan White' (25) BR Plants

    Liatris spicata 'Floristan White' Common name: gayfeather, blazing star, dense blazing star or marsh blazing star. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 36 to 48 inches tall and 16 to 20 inches wide; tall, upright, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial...

    $151.60
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