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Liatris spicata is a tall upright, clump forming perennial that is native to moist, low grounds, meadows and marsh margins. It produces colorful spikes of flower heads above rigid, leafy flower stalks.
About this Variety
Liatris spicata produces bright, purple flower heads and has been known to grow up to 6' tall in its native habitat.
- Beneficial to pollinators; attracts hummingbirds & butterflies
- Deer resistant
- Drought tolerant
- Excellent for cut flowers
- Easy to grow
Grows 24-36" tall
Plant 12-15" apart, 2-3" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 3-9. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant liatris in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a full sun location in moist but well draining soil. Soil preparation: The ideal soil is porous and drains well and yet still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments (peat moss or ground bark). Spread a 3-4" layer of soil amendment, add fertilizer and incorporate together into the soil to a depth of 10". To plant: Dig a hole 2-3" deep in a sunny (at least 6 hours of direct sun), well drained location. Place the liatris in hole with roots pointed down and space 12-15" apart. Cover with soil and water. Mulch in extreme climates.
Easily grown in just about any type of soil but does prefer moist soils.