Basic Facts:

Commonly known as Kansas Feather or Gayfeather.

Garden Use:

Late summer perennials good for prairie-style and traditional cottage or herbaceous borders

Wildlife Interest:

Superb for bees and butterflies

Cut Flower Use:

Excellent for cutting and can be dried.


Best in poor soil in sun - will get a lot taller in rich soils.


Divide in spring.

Pests and Diseases:

Nothing specific. We haven't noticed they particularly prone to slug damage.


A member of the Asteraceae family.

Liatris spicata Floristan Violet

Purple bottlebrush flowers that unusually open top-down along the stem. About 2ft 6in tall

Commonly used in prairie plantings but also makes a great border plant and cut flower.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

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