Popular names: liatris, blazing star, gayfeather
Origin: Middle/North America
Flower colour: purple, white
Flowering period: July - August
Average plant height: 75 cm
Planting depth to base of bulbs:2-3 cm
Spacing between bulbs: 15 - 20 cm
Type of bulb: corm-like roots
Light requirements: sunny (AM sun)
Landscape uses: very suitable for the border, but also recommended for beds and perennial gardens. Liatris has a spike-shaped flower. Better known as a cut flower from the florist than as a garden plant. The flower spike starts blooming from the top downward. The leaves are green and needle-shaped. Liatris likes moist, but well-drained soils.
There are about 25 different species of Liatris. The main is Liatris spicata, which is purple. The other important species is Liatris pycnostachya 'Alba,' which is white.