Common names: liatris, blazing star, gayfeather
Origin: Central/North America
Flower color: purple, white
Flowering period: July - August
Average plant height: 30 inches
Planting depth to base of bulbs: around 1 inch
Spacing between bulbs: 6 – 8 inches
Type of bulb: corm-like roots
Light requirements: sunny (morning sun)
Landscape uses: very suitable for the border but also recommended for beds and perennial gardens. Liatris has a spike-shaped inflorescence. Better known as a cut flower from the florist than as a garden plant. The flower spike starts blooming from the top downward. The leaves are green and needle-shaped. Liatris prefers moist but well-drained soils.
There are about 25 different species of Liatris. The most important one is Liatris spicata which is purple. The other important species is Liatris pycnostachya 'Alba' which is white.