Prairie Liatris - Liatris pycnostachya
| Introduction |
There are many species of the genus Liatris. They are great nectar sources for attracting butterflies. Liatris grows to 2 to 5 feet and blooms from July to October. Loves full sun.
Where to buy
Liatris pycnostachya can usually only be found at native plant nurseries, but Liatris spicata is very
similiar and many places sell it. Common names for liatris species include Blazing Star and Spike Gayfeather.
Propagating Liatris species
Liatris is not easy to grow from seed. I bought some seeds once and they are not easy to germinate and usually don't bloom until the second year. I highly recommend buying the plants instead. If you do decide to buy or collect seeds to grow your own - don't cover the seeds when planting them, they need direct light to germinate.
The Aster Family
Blanket Flower is a member of the Aster Family. These are herbs, shrubs, vines or sometimes even trees. There are 20,000 different species in the Aster family, made up from 1100 genera. Well known members of this family include Sunflowers, Zinnias, safflower and many kinds of lettuce.
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