Liatris spicata, Gayfeather, Blazingstar
Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Tall and upright, Gayfeather provides nice vertical form in a garden. Its purplish, feathery flower spikes contrast well with yellow-flowered, mound-forming plants. Its widely scattered natural populations in the Mid-Atlantic Region* include those in Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudon counties.
Print Version: Liatris spicata, Gayfeather, (Dense) Blazing Star
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Tags: It is native to DC; historical in DE; and native to the southeastern and central western counties in PA. In VA, it is infrequent in the mountains and rare in the Piedmont, although often abundant where found. Lythrum salicaria – Purple Loosestrife, Lilium species – Lilies (Asiatic, Trumpet, Oriental…), Hemerocallis fulva – Orange or Tiger Daylily, Buddleia species – Butterfly Bush, Allium species – Ornamental Onions, Hardiness: USDA Zones 3-8, Use en masse in borders and in butterfly, cutting, meadow, and rain gardens, Deadhead when 70% of flowering finished, Soil Requirements: Average, well-drained, No serious pests or diseases; deer seldom severely damage (may browse mature plants); small herbivores like young plants; voles may eat corms, Good cut and dried flower, Ethnobotanic and therapeutic uses, Attracts bees, butterflies, hummers, birds, Tolerates clay soil, drought, heat, and humidity; Intolerant of waterlogged, winter soils, Spikes of fluffy purplish flower heads July and August bloom from the top down on rigid stems, Basal tuft of dark green, grass-like leaves, 12 inches long, Erect, unbranched, clump-forming perennial, Bloom Color: Pink-purple or white flower