Liatris spicata
Liatris spicata
Liatris spicata
Liatris spicata
Liatris spicata
Liatris spicata
Liatris spicata
Liatris spicata
Liatris spicata

Liatris spicata

"Gayfeather"

Liatris spicata

5 bulbs — £2.95

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Description

You can be doing yourself a double favour by planting Liatris spicata (often called Gayfeather or Blazing Star), in your garden. Not only will this plant help you resolve certain problems with your garden landscape, it might even help you heal your body. The plant is claimed to have medicinal properties that can assist with certain problems by the Native American people. As a candidate to change garden problems like shape, height and dead zones, Liatris spicata is the best!

Long liatris flower stems shoot 90 to 120 cm (3 to 4 feet) into the air carrying hundreds of tiny pinkish florets which open in sequence from the top downwards.

Gracy knows:
"Liatris spicata ('Gayfeather') is extremely hardy and its cut flowers have a very long vase life!"

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Liatris spicata

  • Flower colour

    Purple

  • Corm size

    12/+

  • Established height

    1.5-2m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    60 corms per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Damp

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost
    Stony

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak the Liatris spicata roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting

    • Plant your "Gayfeather" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed. Some varieties are a length of root which should be planted lengthways and shallowly (1-2cm deep).

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed until 29 February 2025
    You can expect your order in February/March 2025

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2025
    You can expect your order in March/April 2025

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2025
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

Perennials in 1 minute

The beauty of perennial plants doesn’t just lie in their long-lasting flowers and sturdy, resilient nature, but it’s their sheer determination to keep on coming back stronger every year —in year one they’re good, but in future years they’re even better!

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