Gayfeather, Blazing Star, Button Snakeroot 'Alba'

Liatris spicata

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

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:

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:

Oak View, California

Brooksville, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Royal Oak, Michigan

Blair, Nebraska

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Menasha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 20, 2012, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Liatris does very well in my garden, including the alba variety. However, I found the alba variety to be somewhat unattractive. The white color is not very brilliant and when the blooms move down the stalk the plant looks somewhat like a weed to me. I have many of the purple variety but I removed the alba plants in favor "whiter" perennials.


On May 19, 2012, pammyc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

I bought this plant just this year and it is already blooming! I am trying to find out since it is a perinial if it comes up from seeds or roots. I really like this planted with purple cone flowers!!


On Oct 1, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Maybe it was just the plant I had, but it was not as hardy as purple Liatris and I lost it.


On Dec 8, 2005, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Similar traits to the 'Kobold'. Seems to tolerate a bit more varied conditions. My cultivar is called "Floristan White"


On Oct 20, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bulbs planted in Oct and Nov started growing almost immediately. Beautiful foliage has not been affected by frost, I'm waiting for blooms next season!
They have unbranched, erect stems with grass-like foliage and a bottle-brush like flower which blooms from the top down. Popular with florists. Can tolerate excess soil moisture in summer but not winter. It is a long-lived perennial bulb which increasingly multiplies in size.