Feathery purple flowers—beloved by butterflies—cover 18-36" spikes beginning in midsummer. Outstanding cut flower is great for both fresh and dried bouquets. Nice contrast to other perennials. Long-lived plants grow bigger and better each year. 8-10 cm bulbs. Zones 3-9. Liatris spicata. Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Botanical Name: Liatris spicata
Common Name: Liatris, Blazing Star or Gayfeather
Form: Clump forming
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 24 - 36"
Spread: 12 - 18"
Spacing: 12 - 18"
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9 (-30 degrees F)
Flowering Date: Mid to late summer
Shipping Season: Spring
Unique Characterstics: Long lived perennial bulb, that increasingly multiplies in size. A favorite of florist's, outstanding cut flower that has a long vase life. Great textured plant, that starts with fine grass like foliage, and becomes sharper with the vibrant colored bottle brush blooms.
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Form: 1' Stiff bottle-brush of dense flowerheads/flowers at top of spike, open first and continue blooming downward.
Foliage Type: Unbranched, erect stems with thin lanceolate grass-like mid-green foliage.
Soil Requirement: Well-drained, moderately fertile, sandy soil/tolerates excess soil moisture in summer but not in winter.
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Zone 6, Kentucky. I planted these in the early summer and now have a gorgeous display of tall spires topped with long-lasting purple blooms. We have had one of the driest summers and these guys aren't phased in the least. I'm placing another order so I can plant them in more places. They are wonderful to tuck among shorter plants that stop blooming, either due to the heat or those that have finished for the season. I intend to inter-plant them with peonies, giving color to that area once the peonies are done.
I ordered these this spring and they're doing very well, despite the heat, humidity and lack of rain this summer in my zone 6a garden. I'm pleased with them and anticipate ordering more for other areas. The bulbs I received were high quality bulbs, fat and healthy, and sprouted quickly.
"I received these bulbs, planted them in a prepared bed, watered them and left town for 6 days. I came back to find that 3 of the 6 are about 12"" tall already! Pretty medium green color. I cannot wait for them to bloom and to see how my hummers like them!"
"Fast growing bulbs, actually forgot to water them sometimes still came up looking great, just waiting for blooms."
"other reviewer is correct - mine are in full, hot sun all day and they were definitely higher than 36"", more like 4-4 1/2 ft. Very beautiful and striking, can't stop looking at them when they're in bloom!"
Bought 10. All grew and bloomed spectacularly. Can't wait till next year!
I planted 30 of these last year? It has been very cold down here? These babies are now 1 ft tall and coming up? Thats a SHOCKER!! I highly recomend them. They are beautiful!!
"Left it alone the whole summer, and when I came back to it, it was everywhere. Pinkish, not exactly puple. Wild looking. Very pretty."
"I love the accent this gives to my garden. Before it blooms it stays shorter giving my bed nice green color but allowing the other plants to show. When it blooms it is striking and everyone feels the need to touch them. I will have to say soil conditions & lighting greatly effects the size of these plants. I planted 6 at the same time, but some were only 2 feet tall and one in bloom was 4 1/2 feet tall which i had to move to the back of my bed. It ended up being perfect as it nestled between 2 shasta daisies creating a striking purple/white back border which everyone commented on. The smaller ones were cut and mixed with my lillies, coneflowers, and roses into lovely center pieces as they make a great filler."