Botanical Name: Liatris spicata Rosy Purple
Common Name: Gayfeather Rosy Purple
Category: Hardy Bulb
Seed Count: 50
Liatris spicata Rosy Purple, Gayfeather Rosy Purple: A favourite of florists, this long lived perennial bulb blooms in late summer autumn when many other flowers have long finished. Dense, bottlebrush, like spikes of vibrant, rosy-purple arise above fine grassy foliage. This outstanding cut flower is long lasting in the vase and very valuable in the garden. Bulbs are best left in the ground and will steadily increase and naturalize beautifully in a woodland planting. Enjoys full sun and tolerates light shade, moderately fertile soil, good drainage is essential especially over the winter period. 45-90cm H x 60cm W.
Sow Liatris seeds at any time, however late winter early spring can be beneficial. Surface sow onto moist , good quality, free draining seed raising mix. Just cover seed with a sprinkling mix or vermiculite. Ideal temp. 15-20°C. Germination takes 5-7 weeks approx. but can be erratic. If germination has not occurred after 8 weeks try cold stratification. Move to -4°C then +4°C. for 4-6 weeks then return to warmth. After germination grow on in cooler temp. of 15°C. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to 8cm pots. Plant out when danger of frost has passed witth 30-60cm spacing. Totally frost hardy once established.
Sow 5mm deep into prepared soil, thin to 30-60cm spacing