Liatride: the feather of Kansas

The liatrid is a superb perennial with characteristic and very decorative floral spikes.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Liatris spicata
Family : Asteraceae
Type : Flower, Perennial

: 0.5 to 1 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

: Obsolete
Flowering : June to September

Also called kansas feather, this plant brightens up flower beds and attracts butterflies to the garden!

Planting the liatrid

To flourish, Liatris especially need Sun. In general, the different species support all types of soil (even sandy) and drought tolerant. Too much water in winter can even cause the plant to rot.

Planting is done indifferently in spring or fall.

  • Liatrid prefers situations sunny
  • She likes rather moist and well-drained soils
  • Respect a distance of about 40 cm between each foot
  • Multiplication by division of the tuft in early spring every 2 or 3 years

Properly planting a Kansas feather foot:

  • Dig a hole 15 to 20 cm deep;
  • Bring a little potting soil or well-decomposed compost;
  • Mix the amendment with the soil, scratching the bottom of the hole;
  • Place your plant in the hole and fill it by packing well.

The water needs being low, you can plant indifferently in autumn or spring. Watering control the first summer after planting will still be required.

For a beautiful decorative effect, it is interesting to plant approximately 5 feet per m2.

Multiplication of Liatris:

Like many perennials, you can multiply your feet from Liatris in autumn by dividing them:

  • tear off the plant with a fork-spade;
  • fragment the root ball with your hands (or a sharp spade);
  • transplant new plants in your bed or border.

Note that with patience, it is also possible to collect the seeds in the fall for reseeding them.

Maintenance of liatris

Liatrid is an easy to care for, fairly vigorous plant that requires very little care.

Here are the few things you can do to properly maintain your feet. Liatris :

  • Cut the stems after flowering;
  • Monitor soil moisture in case of prolonged drought;
  • Cut off the foot in the fall.

Diseases and pests:

The Liatris may occasionally be affected by rust.

Slugs and snails are also fond of young shoots in early spring.

To know about the liatride

Very pretty perennial that is also called Kansas feather, this plant offers very beautiful flower stalks whose color ranges from white to purple and through pink depending on the species.

The Liatris it has a linear and narrow foliage. Their purplish flowers erected in the shape of a bottle brush make them look like feathers; hence their name. Undemanding and easy to maintain, they are the ideal solution for difficult lands.

  • Its maintenance is very easy and it adapts to practically all types of soil.

You will install it in perennial and rather in the background, because its stems can reach up to 1 m and have the great advantage of attracting butterflies to your garden.

Finally, their flowers in spikes are often used as cut flowers for composition of floral bouquets.

Employment and association:

Kansas feathers can be planted in massive or in border. Cultivation in pots is not of much interest.
You can associate the Liatris with other perennials such as: Coreopsis, the Rudbeckia, irises or even sage.

Some interesting species and varieties:

Two species stand out in particular: Liatris scariosa and L. spicata. The main differences between the two are the size of the leaves and the height of the inflorescences.
Note that both species have a cultivar "Alba" which flowers white.

Smart tip

It is best to keep the soil cool in summer. For this, do not hesitate to try mulching.

Video: Bee on liatris flower (September 2021).