Liatris- Blazing Star

Perennial plants with particularly firm flower-stalks.

Situation:

The taller varieties are grown on a large scale for cutting. The more compact forms make excellent border plants; they should be planted in fairly large groups.

Soil:

The first species will grow in dry soil, but the more popular Liatris spicata prefers rich, damp soil.

Propagation:

The species are grown from seed; garden varieties are increased by division.

Liatris pycnostachya: Height 90-150 cm; vivid purple flowers in mid summer to early autumn. Liatris spicata: Height 50 cm or more; flowering season late summer to early autumn. The purple-red flower spikes begin to open from the tip down – an unusual phenomenon. The popular garden form ‘Kobold’ has broader, short spikes , more purple blue in colour; it flowers a little earlier.

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