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Liatris spicata (Button snakewort)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.7m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Liatris spicata

Other names

Button snakewort, Kansas gay feather, Blazing star, Liatris callilepis , Liatris calilepis , Gayfeather

Genus

Liatris Liatris

Species

L. spicata - L. spicata is an upright, clump-forming, deciduous perennial with linear to narrowly lance-shaped, dark green leaves and erect stems bearing spikes of purple-pink flowers in late summer and early autumn.


Liatris spicata is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect

Flower

Purple-pink in Summer; Purple-pink in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally pest free

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly through summer and autumn. Then cut down the stems to the ground in winter.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Liatris spicata (Button snakewort) will reach a height of 0.7m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Prairie planting, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in light, moderately fertile soil that is reliably moist. Dislikes winter wet. A position in full sun is essential.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Liatris spicata

Other names

Button snakewort, Kansas gay feather, Blazing star, Liatris callilepis , Liatris calilepis , Gayfeather

Genus

Liatris Liatris

Species

L. spicata - L. spicata is an upright, clump-forming, deciduous perennial with linear to narrowly lance-shaped, dark green leaves and erect stems bearing spikes of purple-pink flowers in late summer and early autumn.

Native to

Eastern United States

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect


Colour

Flower

Purple-pink in Summer; Purple-pink in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally pest free

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly through summer and autumn. Then cut down the stems to the ground in winter.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Liatris spicata (Button snakewort) will reach a height of 0.7m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Prairie planting, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in light, moderately fertile soil that is reliably moist. Dislikes winter wet. A position in full sun is essential.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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Liatris spicata (Button snakewort)

Echinacea purpurea and Liatris spicata

10 July 2012 (10/07/2012)

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