Liatris is a genus of about 50 species of perennial plants in the family Asteraceae, native to North America, Mexico and Bahamas.
These prairie wildflowers have spiky or feathery flowers and long narrow leaves growing up along the stem. Liatris makes a beautiful appearance in late summer and early fall. It is an excellent choice for almost any garden.
The genus name is an old name of unknown origin. The meaning of the name has been lost in antiquity.
The common name “Gayfeather” comes from the feathery flower heads.
Liatris symbolizes happiness, joy and bliss.
It also represents a desire to try again or an apology.
Interesting facts about Liatris:
Liatris flower is actually a cluster of many small flowers that appear to be one flower. They bloom in an unusual way, from the top of the stalk to the bottom.
Benefits and Uses
Some species are thought to have medicinal properties.
They were used to treat painful or delayed menstruation, sore throat, headache, arthritis and earaches. The plant also acts as a diuretic and stimulant.
The flowers come in shades of purple, lavender, pink, white, rose and violet.
The plant grows up to 150 cm (5 ft) in height.
Liatris will grow best in sandy or loamy soil, with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Plant Liatris in tough soil conditions with good drainage.