Gay feather

Liatris spicata

Gay feather - Liatris spicata

Common Name: Gay feather
Genus: Liatris
Species: spicata

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Long-lasting spikes of pink-purple or white flowers appear from August to September above strap-shaped fresh green leaves. The attractive bottlebrush flowers open from the top downwards. This exotic-looking perennial will bring a vertical accent and late summer colour to the middle of a sunny border. It makes an excellent cut flower and bees and butterflies love it too.

  • Garden care: Protect the young shoots from slug-damage using beer traps or environmentally-friendly slug pellets. Lift and divide congested colonies in spring applying a mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant.

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