Rough gayfeather

Liatris aspera

Photo/Illustration: 
Virginia Small
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Rough gayfeather (Liatris aspera)
lee-AT-tris ASS-per-ah
Genus:  Liatris
This tuberous perennial has dense clusters of linear, rough leaves borne in basal tufts to 16 inches long. Dense spikes, up to 18 inches long, of button-like lavender-purple flowerheads are borne in late summer and early autumn. Blooms open from the top of the inflorescences downward.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Good cut flower. Attracts butterflies and bees.
Care:  Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Might rot in wet winters if grown in heavy soil.
Propagation:  From seed in autumn, or divide in spring.
Problems:  Stem rot, rust and leaf spots are common. Slug and snail damage.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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