Liatris was one of the first plants I added to my perennial border way back in 2003 when I had my first garden. It is a stunner in the perennial border, it attracts all kinds of pollinators, especially monarchs. when it blooms in late summer. Birds and chipmunks also love the seed heads when winter comes. Growing up to 60″ tall, it will provide height in the border. The tall purple upright blooms are a perfect compliment to bronze fennel, bee balm, and other herbs. Another benefit of this loely native is that deer find it unpalatable.
DAYS TO GERMINATION:
5-21 days at 65-85°F (18-29°C)
DAYS TO MATURITY:
plants grown from seed generally do not bloom until their second year.
Start liatris seeds indoors or sow them directly in the garden in early spring. Seeds typically germinate in 20 to 45 days. Germination can be improved if seeds are exposed to four to six weeks of cold, moist conditions. This can be accomplished by planting seeds outdoors in the fall or early winter.
Direct seed: Sow seeds with a light dusting of soil on top in early spring.
Sun to part shade
Well-drained soil of moderate fertility.
Perennial, Zones 3 – 8