Liatris spicata

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Sun, part shade
Soils: Average, moist
Bloom Time: Purple flowers in July, August
Size: 12-24 inches in height; 12-18 inch spread

Also known as gayfeather it has an upright habit taking little space to grow. Well-suited for a small gardens, perennial border, natural or wildlife garden, or planted in masses. It is the most moisture-tolerant of the Liatris species. Cherokee used the plant, especially roots, in herbal medicine. Popular garden plant although not a native to Cape Cod. Native range is eastern U.S., but from Pennsylvania to the south. Good choice for a rain garden.

Garden Companions

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana), Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Nature Benefits

• Attracts native bees and butterflies, birds, and hummingbirds
• Seeds provide forage for wildlife
• Nectar source for Silver Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus), Painted Lady (Vanessa Cardui)

Native Habitat

Occurs in wood openings, moist prairies, and marsh edges.

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