Impressive bottlebrush spires of rose-purple continue to unfurl in summer & autumn, like lances.
Liatris spicata gives excellent cut flowers, and it is farmed commercially for the floristry trade.
But it also gives a handy and hardy garden display, especially as it struts it’s stuff in the late summer and autumn, when many other bloomers have given up with a gasp in the heat.
Interestingly the flowers open from the top of the spike, down. So the stout spikes look like fuzzy lances.
Liatris spicata is a hardy, easily grown & low maintenance plant. And reliably grown from seed.
Bulbs are best left in the ground and will steadily increase and naturalize beautifully into neat, grassy clumps of foliage. So the foliage is a handy garden contrast as well.
Plant in Full Sun to Part Shade.
This hardy perennial bulb tolerates frost well, and is resistant to heat.
Liatris spicata is not a thirsty plant, so it is a water-wise choice if water is limited.
It is drought resistant with minimal care.
Soil must be well drained, but otherwise Liatris is not particularly fussy.
It is rarely if ever troubled by pests and diseases.
I believe it gained the common name of “Gayfeather” centuries before the modern use of the term Gay.
75cm H x 45cm W.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow indoors at any time / or directly in garden late winter-spring.
INDOORS: Sow on surface of good quality seed raising mix. Press seeds gently into the mix. Barely cover with mix, as light helps germination.
Keep the punnet moist in a warm, well-lit place.
Temperatures of 15-20°C approx. are optimum for fast germination.
Seedlings emerge in 30-40 days approx.
But if the seeds are shy to break dormancy and sprout – then cling wrap the moist punnet & place in fridge (not freezer) for 4-6 weeks.
Then remove from fridge, unwrap punnet & return to warm, well-lit place at 15-20°C approx. Continue to keep moist.
SEED COUNT: 40 seeds per pack.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).