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Prairie Gayfeather  

Liatris spicata

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Belonging to the Liatris genus, Prairie Gayfeather has a botanical name of Liatris spicata. The botanical name epithet spicata means 'bearing spikes'.

Native to moist prairies and sedge meadows. It thrives in full sun in ordinary garden soil. Excellent for attracting birds and butterflies.

Perennial with an unbranched stalk. The flower-heads are densely crowded and the color is a rose purple.3

This is a food plant for the gofer tortoise.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Pearly purple.

Prairie Gayfeather grows as a perennial and is a flower. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).

Normally growing to a mature height of 1.50 metres (4.88 feet), Prairie Gayfeather grows with a erect habit. This plant tends to bloom in late summer.

Try planting Prairie Gayfeather if you'd like to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden.

Some varieties of Prairie Gayfeather you may like to consider growing are: Kobold, Alba, Floristan White, violet and Floristan Weiss.

United States is believed to be where Prairie Gayfeather originates from.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Prairie Gayfeather is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Prairie Gayfeather have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Prairie Gayfeather

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Good plant for a rain garden. Performs a lot better in moist soils, however, does not tolerate wet soil. Tolerates summer heat and humidity.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Zone 3 to 8 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Keep in mind when planting that Prairie Gayfeather is thought of as hardy, so it can be safe to leave outdoors for the majority of winter (although if in doubt, using a row cover is often a good idea).

See our list of companion Plants for Prairie Gayfeather to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Prairie Gayfeather from seed

Aim to sow 3.12 inches (8.0 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 5.85 inches (15.0 cm).

Transplanting Prairie Gayfeather

Planting time: spring.

As Prairie Gayfeather is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

How long does Prairie Gayfeather take to grow?

These estimates for how long Prairie Gayfeather takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Prairie Gayfeather to germinate?
21 days

Average 21 days | Min 14 days | Max 8501 days (4)

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Prairie Gayfeather Etymology

At some point this plant was believed to be of use in the treatment of snakebites, therefore that is why the name snakeroot.

Prairie Gayfeather Folklore & Trivia

Native to eastern North America (US and Canada).1 Has medicinal use.2

The roots used to be eaten by Indians and early settlers.3

Other names for Prairie Gayfeather

Dense Blazing star, Gayfeather, Colic Root, Button Snake Root, Blazing star

Liatris spicata (L.) Willd. var. resinosa (Nutt.) Gaiser, Liatris spicata var. spicata

Misspellings: Gay Feather

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