Gay Feather, Dense Blazing Star 'Floristan Violet'

Liatris spicata

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Liatris (ly-AT-riss) (Info)
Species: spicata (spi-KAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Floristan Violet



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Spring Grove, Illinois

Princeton, Kansas

Portage, Michigan

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Portland, Oregon

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Zelienople, Pennsylvania

New Braunfels, Texas

Round Hill, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 11, 2009, VaTraveller from Round Hill, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Planted about five bulbs 10 years ago in a small corner by the garage door and bordered by the driveway and a sidewalk. There is a gutter downspout that empties into the area, which is only about six or seven square feet. The plants have taken over and I have about 30 or 40 flower stalks every year. I have never divided or lifted the bulbs. The area only gets full-afternoon sun. The flowers are beautiful and last quite a while. After the plant fades in the Fall, the foliage needs to be cut back as it turns unsightly brown in the winter. I'm planning on dividing the plant later this year and spreading the bulbs around to other parts of the property.


On Jun 28, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted this poor thing in heavy clay and light shade. It struggled for three years, barely producing any foliage until it finally perished.


On May 28, 2006, lovedirtynails from Portland, OR wrote:

I planted three last year, each giving a single bloom. This year, each plant has multiple stalks, but the one that gets the most sun is three times the size. Found out it is best to place these away from any traffic because the stalks are very fragile at this stage. I have broken a few by accident.


On Jun 17, 2005, Tjsangel from Warren, OH wrote:

I just bought this variety last year and it's grown into a small bush already! It's getting ready to bloom on many stalks, and fits in nicely with my fragrant lilies and butterfly bushes. I also have a white variety, but this one is beautiful. Very drought tolerant.