Position – Full sun
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer and autumn
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Liatris are herbaceous perennial plants with bold vertical columns of small and intriguing blooms, closely resembling a feather duster. Small spikes of flowers cascade and sit neatly, one on top of the other, opening from the top down to form attractive clusters of colour from summer to autumn. Erect stems are decorated in fine narrow spikes of grass-like leaves to create a divine bubbling profusion of foliage. It is suggested that Liatris are best suited to flower beds and borders within coastal, cottage or informal garden settings. You should expect to see Liatris grow to an approximate height and spread of 50cm (20”).
Liatris are best planted in well-drained soil of sand, chalk and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. Planting should be undertaken in early spring and should generally be spaced 30-38cm (12-15”) apart and at a depth of 15cm (6”) to allow plentiful room for growth. Water thoroughly and deeply whilst applying a layer of mulch to help retain moisture levels whilst they are still young. Liatris are best positioned in full sun where they will thrive to optimum effect.
Soil for these young plants should be kept moist but not waterlogged as this will cause detriment to your plants. Once established they need very little watering so you can allow the surface area to dry slightly between watering. Liatris should not need additional fertiliser, especially if grown in good, healthy soil, although you can add fertiliser prior to any new growth during the spring if necessary.
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