Liatris spicata Violet

 
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This butterfly magnet produces a low clump of grassy looking leaves topped by tall spikes of bright magenta-purple hues which make for excellent cut flowers beginning in midsummer. (Liatris spicata)

Zones 2 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Dried Flowers
Dried Flowers
Plants for Small Spaces
Plants for Small Spaces
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 36-48" tall, 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Bag of 25 - Bulb Size: 10-12 cm
SKU 3LIAT25
Like the other well-known purple hybrid name Kobold, Violet tolerates some shade, but it still prefers hot blazing sun and dry, loose soil.

Liatris: The Wildflower that became a florists darling. Whether you call it by its botanical name, Liatris or one of the more popular common names (Blazing Star or Gayfeather), you'll love this plant, just like hummingbirds and butterflies do. There are several species, all native American wildflowers, but the one most often seen is L. spicata and its also the one that's received the most attention from the hybridizers.

Blazing star has the odd habit of opening its fluffy flowers from the top of the spike down, instead of the other way around, as most flowers do. And even though it grows wild from Canada to Mexico, often in poor soil, it has some definite requirements. First of all, since this plant is a native of wide open spaces, it prefers full blazing sun, and gritty, fast-draining soil. Don't put it into super-rich mushy loam! In fact, if you do, the flower spikes may topple over from weakness. If you give it a hot, dry spot, the stems are always stiff and strong.

The Florists Darling In recent years, florists have discovered the dramatic look of this purple-spiked beauty, and have used it extensively in their more unusual arrangements, where its often paired with exotics like tropical ginger blooms or Bird of Paradise. The flower spikes are also big favorites for drying.

The roots are bulb-like, and you can start these flowers with seeds (from our Wildflower Seed Department) or perennial roots. Of course, developed roots are faster; Liatris takes two years to bloom from seed. Some of the perennial cultivars will even do well for you in partial shade, but be sure the plants stay dry most of the time.

SKU 3LIAT25
Common Name Blazing Star or Gayfeather
Botanical Name Liatris spicata
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Plant 2-3" deep
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Cut Flowers, Native, Dried Flowers, Plants for Small Spaces
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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American MeadowsLiatris spicata Violet
 
3.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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2.0

Not quite sure

By 

from Philadelphia Pa

About Me Getting Started

Pros

    Cons

    • Grew Too High They Lean

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Liatris spicata Violet:

    Wasn't expecting flowers to grow so high !
    Then with the height they lean over and very unattractive

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    3.0

    those not dead grew well but did not flower

    By 

    from Castle Rock CO

    About Me Master Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about American Meadows Liatris spicata Violet:

    Half the bulbs in the bag were moldy and soft, did not grow. The ones still alive grew lots of leaves but never flowered. Might flower next year if they survive the rabbits.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    So Pretty!

    By 

    from Colorado

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about American Meadows Liatris spicata Violet:

    I love that these thrive in sandy, dry soil!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely Awesome

    By 

    from Minneaplis, MN

    Pros

    • PERFECT

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Fill In Empty Spots

    Comments about American Meadows Liatris spicata Violet:

    This flower is perfect for spots where you need to fill in and it stays true to its form. Absolutely beautiful!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    NOT ONE FAILED

    By 

    from Bend, OR

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Flowered First Summer

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • landscape

    Comments about American Meadows Liatris spicata Violet:

    These Liatris were a show stopper for the garden in front of a cyclone fence, with a city sidewalk. Everyone that passed asked me about them when I was outside. Many felt they were a beautiful asset to the scenery.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Beautiful!

    By 

    from Whitestone, NY

    Pros

    • Long Lasting
    • Low maintainence

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Any where in the garden

      Comments about American Meadows Liatris spicata Violet:

      I think 24 out of 25 bulbs bloomed if not all bloomed which is great. Color is exactly what I wanted. I planted some on my sunny front yard and some in my sunny/shade backyard. The ones on front yard are much taller, bigger and fuller than the ones at the backyard. The ones in the backyard are still very beautiful. Foliage looks really great even before blooming time. Very crisp shiny green. People wonder what it is. They are taller and fuller than picture shown on web. I have some white ones planted last year and they are even taller this year. Not a neg comment, it's a good fill, provide great colors for your yard, lasted pretty long time. I just don't know if I am supposed to deadhead or not. I read online/blogs that some people do and some people don't.

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      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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