L. pycnostachya is perhaps one of the tallest Liatris – a striking accent for the garden with its architectural structure and tassels of pollinator attracting flowers! Flower spikes of deep rose-purple bloom from the top down. Protruding styles give the flower an overall feathery appearance. Narrow lance shaped leaves turn a rich bronze in fall.
Attracts butterflies and bees.
Tolerant of much (poor soils, heat, humidity, and some drought), but avoid wet winter soils.
Height: 2-5 ft.
Spread: 1-2 ft.
Bloom time: July to August
Sun: full sun
Water: medium to wet
According to Rutgers University, Liatris are “seldom severely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: USDA NRCS East Texas Plant Materials Center