50 Natives: Wisconsin: Liatris Spicata – Prairie Gay Feather

1. Blazing Star, 2. Liatris spicata, 3. liatris, 4. Liatris pychostachya PRAIRIE BLAZING STAR

Though I have been unlucky growing this in my own garden (apparently it is a rare delicacy, voraciously enjoyed by New England woodchucks) I successfully put Liatris spicata in many of my clients gardens.  This native to much of the Eastern US is an easy plant.  It is a terrific choice for people who aren’t going to dote on it.    My recommendations, group it together (at least 3 plants, maybe even 5 or 7) and create a focal point.  The tall spikes are great for cutting and the grassy foliage goes well in a modern prairie or cottage style garden.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. dana on May 12, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I have got sown the white variety in my terrace…
    it’s a new entry in my garden-life!!
    lovely liatris
    ciao dana

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