LIATRIS spicata (Gayfeather )
LIATRIS spicata (Gayfeather ), known as dense blazing star or prairie gayfeather, is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the sunflower and daisy family. Native to East and North America where it grows in moist prairies and sedge meadows. Valued for its showy, fluffy vertical flower spikes contrasting with a lush, finely textured, grassy foliage, Gayfeather or Blazing Star is a perennial of great ornamental value. Helps create outstanding combinations with the warm golds of Rudbeckia or the purple blossoms of Echinacea.
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Scientific Name: Liatris Spicata
Common Name: Gayfeather
Plant Type: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae or Daisy family
Native Range: United States (Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Connecticut, Missouri)
Height: 48 inches, can grow to 60-72 " as well
Spread: 24-36 "
Habitat: Meadows, Borders of marshes, savannahs, damp slopes etc. Poor dry ridges
Exposure: Dappled Shade, Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer (Mid, Late), Fall
Resistant: Deer, Drought, Dry soil
Flower Shape: Tall and Vertical flower spikes
Flower Color: Purple
Moisture: Moist, Average soil
Water Requirement: Medium
Soil Type: Clay, Heavy, Moist, Well-drained, Light, Sandy, Loam
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Advantage: Attractive Wild-life, Low maintenance
Uses: Historically used medicinally by Native Americans for its carminative, diuretic, stimulant, sudorific properties.