Liatris pycnostachya seeds

$4.20

This plant has tall stems of pink to purplish pink flowers which are borne above a clump of linear grass like leaves. It is an excellent cut flower and gives a vertical quality to the garden.

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Description

This liatris is an upright, clump-forming, perennial. It has rounded, fluffy, lavender flower heads in summer, which are massed on long spikes above thickly-leafed, rigid flower stalks. It is the tallest of the liatris species growing to 1.5m with flower spikes . Flowers generally open top to bottom on the spikes, which is an unusual feature of liatris. The flowers are excellent in the vase, and if cut when the top only is open the flowers will continue opening day by day. Cut off the top flowers as they die. It is an easy care plant which does best in rich well drained soil but can also be grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. It is tolerant of poor soils, drought, summer heat and humidity, however it does not like wet soils in winter, so be sure to plant in well drained soil. It is loved by is an butterflies, bees and other pollinators, which are attracted to its nectar, and the birds love the seeds in the autumn. Small birds will visit the spikes in late autumn or early winter to eat the seeds

Sowing advice
Sow the seeds indoors spring in trays or pots, onto moist seed raising mix, and cover very thinly as they require light to germinate. Keep the soil moist ( not wet) while germination occurs and cover with a sheet of glass or plastic to conserve moisture. Ideal temp 21 deg during the day and 15 deg C at nights for 3 weeks. Place the seed tray in a semi shaded area. Germination takes 10-25 days. After germination keep in cooler conditions

Additional information

Classification

Hardy Perennial

Common Name

Blazing Star, Gay Feather, Snakeroot

Family

Asteraceae

Maximum Height

approx 1.5 m with flowers

Number of seeds in packet

approx 30