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Common Perennials

Spike Gayfeather
Liatris spicata


Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
 
Mature Height
2 - 3 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
3 - 9 
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Foliage Color
Green
 
Bloom Color
Lavender
Purple
White
 
Bloom Season
July - August
 
Size
Medium
 

Features

Tall vertical plant with fine textured foliage the entire length of the stem. Interesting spike flowers that open from the top down.

Culture

Moist well-drained soil in a full sun location. Good drainage is critical in maintaining the plant. Drought tolerant once established.

Cultivars

'Kobold' 18-24 inches tall, compact habit, lavender flowers

'Floristan Weiss' 18-24 inches tall, creamy white flowers

'Floristan Violet' 3 feet tall, purple flowers

Notes

Good drainage is critical especially over the winter. May need staking. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Reported to be deer resistant.