Liatris is a summer-blooming perennial with grassy foliage and fuzzy, bottle-brush flowers. Commonly known as blazing star or gayfeather, this North American wildflower makes an attractive addition to flower gardens, cutting gardens, landscaped areas, and informal plantings. The distinctive flower spikes stand 90 to 120 centimeters tall and are magnets for butterflies.
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- Corms, not bulbs: Liatris grows from underground storage organs called corms, which are solid, swollen structures similar to bulbs but with distinct differences. Corms store nutrients to support the plant's growth and development.
- Hardy and Drought-Tolerant: Liatris is remarkably hardy and drought-tolerant once established, making it an excellent choice for gardeners in various climates.
- Attracts Pollinators: Liatris corms produce tall flower spikes with nectar-rich blooms that act as magnets for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
- Thrives in Sun: Liatris prefers full sun and well-draining soil, making it ideal for sunny areas in the garden.
- Cut Flower Delight: Liatris flowers make beautiful and long-lasting cut flowers, adding an attractive touch to floral arrangements.
- Naturalising Ability: Once established, Liatris corms can multiply and naturalise, creating a stunning display of blooms over the years.
- Low Maintenance: Once planted, Liatris require minimal care, making them a low-maintenance addition to any garden.
- Attractive Foliage: Along with its beautiful blooms, Liatris produces grass-like foliage that adds visual interest even when the plant is not in flower.
- Deer-Resistant: Liatris is known for being deer-resistant, making it a good choice for gardens in areas with deer populations.
- Late Summer Blooms: Liatris typically blooms in late summer, extending the season of interest in the garden when many other flowers have finished blooming.
- Liatris spicata, commonly known as Blazing Star or Gayfeather, is one of the more popular varieties in the UK.