Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Gayfeather
Common Name (Alternative): Blazing Star

Multiple wands of bright violet-purple flowers open from top to bottom beginning in early summer. Narrow, opposite leaves are up to 10 inches long at the base of the plant and decrease in length up the stems.

All together, Liatris is a very strong vertical accent for the garden. It is a staple item for cutting gardens; it adds a bright, vertical element to bouquets.

Origin: Native Cultivar


  3-4 Feet
  16-20 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Late summer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Mass Planting

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

L. spicata prefers more moisture than other members of the Liatris family, and thrives in well-drained soil in full sun. It is a suitable choice for southern gardens since it is very tolerant of hot summers. The roots of this genus are tuberous, and they may be lifted every few years and divided. When doing so, use a sharp knife, allow at least one eye per division, and dust the newly cut ends with a fungicidal powder before replanting.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.