Liatris spicata

Liatris spicata

Gayfeather

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Liatris spicata
  • Common name: Gayfeather
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 1.5m

Spread: 45cm

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Gayfeather, Liatris spicata, is an exotic perennial bearing long-lasting spikes of deep magenta bottle-brush flowers in contrast with strappy green leaves. It's perfect for adding late-summer colour to an herbaceous border, and makes an excellent cut flower. It's extremely attractive to bees and butterflies.

For best results grow Liatris spicata in well-drained soil in full sun. Propagate by division in spring.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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