Growing Liatris

Growing Liatris

White Liatris

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Hardy North American native perennial with dense flower spikes and narrow, grass-like leaves. Flowers open from the top of the spikes first, are very attractive to butterflies, and make good cut flowers. Good for borders, background plantings, and can be grown in rain gardens. Plants are hardy in zones 3 to 9. Also called Blazing Star. Plant bare root Liatris in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost, setting corms 5 to 6 inches deep with the flattened side up.

Maintenance

Heat tolerant plants for full sun. Tolerates drought and a range of soil conditions, but prefers a moist, well-drained soil. Deadheading promotes reblooming. Tall varieties may benefit from staking, especially in windy areas.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other North American native perennials include Butterfly Plant, Coneflower, and Rudbeckia.

Complimentary Products

Other perennials used for cut flowers include Catananche, Daisy, and Delphinium.

Product Recommendations

Use 20" Grow Through Plant Supports (53483) if stems need support.

Liatris Facts

Free from pests and problems. Liatris was used as a medicinal herb by many Native American tribes.

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