Tiny flower clusters form a tall, narrow spike that has a feathery appearance. Foliage is grass-like. Liatris is mainly available in purple but also comes in white. It has small individual flowers with needle-like petals on dense spikes that are about 6-10 inches (15-25 cm) long at stem ends.
Species: Liatris spicata or L. pycnostachya
Origin: Native to the prairies of North America, Liatris was developed as a cut flower in Israel.
Symbolizes: Liatris symbolizes happiness, joy, bliss and can also represent a desire to try again or an apology.
Also Known As: Gayfeather, Blazing-Star, Button Snakeroot
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38F (1-3C)
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 6-14 days
What to Look for When Purchasing
When purchasing Liatris, keep in mind that flowers open from the top to bottom of the spike. Stems are 24-32 inches long (61-81 cm). Harvest when at least 3-4 flowers are open. Do not purchase Liatris that has yellow leaves or signs of mold.
The bright purple spikes provide interesting texture in floral arrangements. Excellent for creating a strong line in designs. Very popular in contemporary floral design. Liatris is unusual in that the flowers open from the top of the stem downwards. Most other spiked-type flowers used in the floral industry open from the bottom up. Liatris dries well. However, the dried product should be sprayed with a sealant to prevent shattering.
Pest & Disease Information
Fungal problems such as Botrytis and water stress. Leaf yellowing and reduced life are common when these problems exist and are not easily controlled.
Leaf yellowing can become a problem.
For optimal care of Liatris, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.