Liatris are fully hardy. Grow in light, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun.
With plumes of pure white, fluffy blooms like tufted goose down, Liatris ‘Floristan Alba’ is also fittingly known as ‘Gayfeather’. The tower of tiny, starry blooms with elongated wispy petals gives these plants a soft, fuzzy appearance when viewed from afar. Opening from the top of the stem downwards like a bottlebrush, this variety adds tactile texture to your late summer display. The tall spires lend vertical interest and will punctuate your borders with expressive exclamation marks. Exceptionally hardy and drought resistant, this North American native is a reliable perennial performer.
With wisps of fine, extended petals giving the impression of a fluffy façade, the spires of Liatris ‘Spicata’ resemble soft feather dusters. Spicata’ means ‘spiked’, and the tall towers of vivid violet will add a colourful vertical accent to your borders. The RHS includes this variety in their ‘Plants for Pollinators’ scheme: hundreds of miniature blooms burst open from the top downwards, warmly inviting bees and butterflies to a feast of pollen and nectar. Despite their exotic appearance, these North American natives are exceptionally hardy, drought tolerant perennials. Boasting a long vase life, Liatris will also make a fascinating feature amongst your floral arrangements.
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