Liatris spicata 20-30" tall. Also called Gayfeather.Stiff dense “bottlebrush” magical magenta-purple flower wands, above fine grass-like foliage. Adds elegant structure to the perennial border and mixed bouquets.
For cutflowers, be sure to leave at least a third of the stem on the plant for best results. Blooms from July to September.
Tolerates a broad range of growing conditions, but not drought. Plant in full sun, 3" deep, 8-12" apart, in well-drained fertile soil. Z3. (1¼-1½" corms)
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.