Liatris spicata is the variety shown with the long purple spikes on the right hand side of the picture. An exotic looking perennial providing long-lasting spikes of deep magenta bottle-brush flowers in contrast with luscious green leaves. Ideal for adding late-summer colour to an herbaceous border, liatris spicata makes an excellent cut flower. It’s extremely attractive to bees and butterflies
Indoor planting: N/A
Plant outside: From March on wards, when the signs of frost have passed liatris spicata can be planted outside. Plant bulbs into well prepared soils from March to May. Soils should be cultivated to a depth of 20cms to allow good root development. Plant bulbs in fertile soils with 8-10cms of soil above the top of the bulbs. Protect early growth from slugs and snails and regularly feed during the growing season with foods such as are well rotted manures, Tomato feed and bone meal or tomato food will provide food for flowers.
Ideal to plant with Dahlias and can be left out over winter in well drained soils, just mulch to give added protection.
Flowering Height: 20-24″ (50-60cm)
Flowering period: Late Summer
Soil type: Free draining humus rich soils
Aspect: Semi shade to full sun
Planting distance: 5-10cm.
Planting depth: A depth of 5-10cms
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