A striking accent for the garden with its architectural structure and tassels of pollinator attracting flowers! L. spicata is an erect, slender perennial with linear, grass-like leaves and a showy flower. The tall spikes of rayless, pinkish-purple (sometimes white), closely set flower heads bloom from the top down. Protruding styles give the flower an overall feathery appearance.
Attracts bird, butterflies and hummingbirds, and is a special value to our native bees.
Tolerant of much (poor soils, heat, humidity, and some drought), but avoid wet winter soils.
Height: 2-4 ft.
Spread: 0.75-1 ft.
Bloom time: July to August
Sun: full sun
According to Rutgers University, Liatris are “seldom severely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: Dy-e