Valued for its showy fluffy vertical flower spikes contrasting with a lush, finely textured, grassy foliage, gayfeather or blazing star is a perennial of great ornamental value. Interestingly flowering in succession from top to bottom over 4 weeks and more, its button shaped, purple to rosy red flowers resembling blazing stars (hence the common name). Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, this beautiful native Amercian species enjoys a long season of interest from mid-summer to fall and supplies winter bird food. The narrow, opposite leaves stay attractive all summer and turn a rich bronze in fall. Easy to care for and low maintenance, Liatris Spicata adds a strong vertical accent in sunny borders. It helps create outstanding combinations with the warm golds of rudbeckia or the blossoms of echinacea.

Grow in full sun, in moist but well drained soil. Grows to heights of 4 feet with a spread of 2 feet. Makes a wonderful addition to fresh bouquets and dried arrangements. Ideal for beds and borders.

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