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Liatris Seed ( Perennial )
There's probably nothing more versatile and easy to grow in the garden than liatris blazing star plants. These 1 to 5 feet tall plants emerge from mounds of narrow, grass-like leaves. Liatris flowers form along the tall spikes, and these fuzzy, thistle-like blossoms, which are usually purple, flower from the top to the bottom rather than in the traditional bottom to top blooming of most plants.
In addition to their attractive blooms, the foliage remains green throughout the growing season before turning into a rich bronze color in fall.
Useful gardening information
Growing liatris plants is easy. These flowers provide many uses in the garden. You can grow them nearly anywhere. You can grow them in beds, borders and even containers. They make excellent cut flowers, fresh or dried. They attract butterflies. They're relatively pest resistant. The list can go on and on.
While they are commonly grown in full sun, many types can also take a little shade. In addition, these plants effectively handle drought and are fairly tolerant of cold as well. In fact, most are hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9, with some varieties of liatris hardy in Zones 3 and 4 with mulch. Grows in many soil types, including rocky terrain.
It should be noted that plants grown from seeds don't bloom until their second year.
Liatris seeds can be started indoors or sown directly in the garden. Germination usually occurs within 20 to 45 days if the seeds are exposed to cold, moist conditions for about four to six weeks prior to planting. Sowing them outdoors in the fall or early winter can often yield good results.
TRM890 Floristan White ( Liatris spicata )
A sun-loving delight in border and container, Floristan White sets a low-growing rosette of long, slender bright green leaves, topped by flower spikes that reach 2 to 3 feet high and are simply packed with gleaming white florets. The show begins in mid- to late summer in most climates, continuing through the first part of fall. This is a time when many gardens are craving some fresh, bright color. Rely on Floristan White to deliver it every time.
Because it is a selection of a native American plant, Floristan White is very well adapted to different garden conditions. It puts up with heat and periods of drought, especially if pampered the first year so that it establishes well in the garden.
Reaching 3 feet high and spreading 18 to 24 inches wide, it is a big presence in the border or meadow garden, every inch covered in color and visiting butterflies over a long season of bloom!
Floristan White was developed in Germany for the cut-flower market, but home gardeners quickly realized it was absolutely the best for their needs, too. This variety is easy to start from seed, growing easily and very dependable. Make it a mainstay of your cutting, butterfly, and native plant gardens! Zones 4-9.
D2266CD Kobold Dwarf Goblin Blazing Star ( Liatris spicata )
Dwarf, dense violet spikes in early summer, grassy foliage, striking appearence.
A hardy perennial plant reaching only 16" tall ft.with rosy purple spikes
of flowers reaching 15" in length. Excellent for dried or
TRM288 Rough Blazing Star ( Liatris aspera )
An easily grown and greatly under appreciated perennial for zones 3-8, more widely grown in the eastern than the western USA.
Grows 2-3 feet tall and spreads 1 to 1.5 feet across. Very beautiful in bloom.
Native to a wide area in the mid-section of the US, Rough Blazing Star is well adapted to drier conditions than many other Liatris species.
Blooming from mid-summer into early fall, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees are greatly attracted to the flowers of Liatris aspera. Like all Liatris species, the flowers are great in flower arrangements both as fresh and dried as the flowers keep their purple color.
Many insects visit the flowers of Liatris aspera including honeybees, bumblebees, Little Carpenter bees, Miner bees, and Leaf-Cutting bees. Butterfly visitors include Monarchs, Painted Ladies, Black Swallowtails, Sulfurs, and more.
TRM868 Prairie Blazing Star ( Liatris pycnostachya )
Long stemmed, rosy purple spikes in summer attract butterflies, and bees. Makes a great cut flower.
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of poor soils, drought, summer heat and humidity. Intolerant of wet soils in winter. Sometimes treated as a biennial.