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Liatris spicata Violet

This plant produces a low clump of grassy looking leaves topped by tall spikes of bright magenta-purple flowers beginning in midsummer. (Liatris spicata)

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Bag of 25 - Bulb Size: 10/12 cm

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Details:

Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 36-48" tall, 12-18" wide
Light: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
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
Estimated Mature Height 36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers, Borders
Ships to Canada No
Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
  • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

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Description
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.

Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
  • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

  • Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

    Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

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4.0

So Pretty!

By Roni

from Colorado

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        Comments about Liatris spicata Violet:

        I love that these thrive in sandy, dry soil!

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Absolutely Awesome

        By Avid Gardener

        from Minneaplis, MN

        Pros

        • PERFECT

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Fill In Empty Spots

        Comments about Liatris spicata Violet:

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

         
        5.0

        NOT ONE FAILED

        By Sharon the gardner

        from Bend, OR

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Flowered First Summer

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • landscape

        Comments about 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.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Beautiful!

        By Wingthing

        from Whitestone, NY

        Pros

        • Long Lasting
        • Low maintainence

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Any where in the garden

          Comments about 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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          Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
          • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

            All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

          • Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

            Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

          Shipping

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

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          As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

          Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial 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.

          Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
          • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

            All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

          • Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

            Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

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