Liatris Spicata

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So unusual and unique! The bold and upright, purple wands of Liatris Spicata (Liatris spicata) will be smothered in pollinators! Also known as Gayfeather and Blazing Star, the whimsical shape and gorgeous color last all summer into the fall, and the fine-textured leaves add a fringy green edging to the garden when not in bloom!

Long-lasting spikes of violet-purple wave in the wind and gleam in the sun without fading. Unique shape and form will certainly draw attention! The ample nectar and pollen feed bees, butterflies, the occasional Hummingbird, and droves of beneficial insects to the native resources they recognize! Birds love the seeds in fall so don't deadhead too quickly!

Liatris Spicata is a reliable clump-forming perennial with fine, long, thin blades of green leaves along sturdy flower spikes that look incredible in any location of your landscaping! It won't fail to stand up and stand out! The bulb-like roots slowly colonize small areas and grow fast throughout USDA planting zones 3 to 9.

Planting and Application:

Include these graceful and cheery blooms throughout your sun landscape beds and borders and even in container gardens! The vertical purple wands will enliven your Cut Flower garden, and Pollinator gardens, add character and structure to your Rock Gardens and mixed Perennial Gardens, and look great as vertical lines anywhere you plant them!

For a quirky walkway, alternate different Allium, Sea Thrift, Scabiosa, and Bee Balm with Liatris along your garden path or sidewalk, then add a backdrop of red or blue mophead Hydrangea! Or mix them with other sun garden blooms in a Xeric planting along the sun-drenched strip of land with a backdrop of waving Ornamental grass!

Have fun playing with other wand-like blooms and mix Liatris with Pennestemon, Delphinum, Red Hot Pokers, Veronica, Astilbe, Hollyhock, and Salvias with a backdrop of Butterfly bushes and Lilacs for a charming Cottage garden or whimsical Children's garden!

Pot up as the vertical thriller element in a mixed planter with spilling grasses and fluffy fillers on your sunny porch or patio! Even balcony gardeners can enjoy these fast-growing, fun perennial bulbs anywhere! No yard required! Snip a few Liatris Spicata for great architectural lines in floral arrangements and bouquets for a long-lasting pop of color!

  • Unique Purple Floral Wands!
  • Long-Lasting Native Blooms Call Pollinators
  • Great Cut Flowers & Pollinator Friendly
  • Vertical Structural & Heat/Cold-Hardy
  • Mid-to-Front-of-the-Border, Sun Garden Interest & Visual Texture

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant this magnificent native herbaceous perennial in the full sun, in an area with well-drained soil, so that it can grow tall, strong, and proud! New installations need regular water their first year, but once established, these plants only need supplemental moisture during extended drought. All plants appreciate a 3-4 inch layer of mulch for moisture stability and insulation. Deadhead to encourage occasional rebloom and clean the mounds in the late fall to prepare them for the winter (after the birds have had their fill anyway).

  • Full Sun Perennial
  • Well-Drained Organic Soils
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Deadhead After Flowers Fade/Prune Late Fall
  • Deer-Resistant, Hardy & Adaptable!

The curious magic wands of the Liatris Spicata will be the perfect addition to your garden! Order today before it's too late from the expert growers at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Liatris Spicata Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Liatris spicata
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Foliage Yellows
Fragrant No
Spacing 12 - 15 inches