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White Gayfeather

Liatris spicata 'Floristan White'

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White Gayfeather (Liatris spicata 'Floristan White') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

White Gayfeather flowers

White Gayfeather flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

White Gayfeather (Liatris spicata 'Floristan White') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

White Gayfeather in bloom

White Gayfeather in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  29 inches

Spread:  19 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Floristan White Blazing Star

Ornamental Features

White Gayfeather has masses of beautiful spikes of white flowers rising above the foliage from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its grassy leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

White Gayfeather is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

White Gayfeather is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

White Gayfeather will grow to be about 29 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 19 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features