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Liatris Spicata – Gayfeather

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Liatris spicata, or Gayfeather, is a lovely cultivar of a native prairie wildflower.  It grows to form a low, compact grassy clump with two foot tall spikes of mauve blossoms.  The flower stalks develop from top to bottom and are often used as a cut flower. There are a few different cultivars available so you may see white and purple-blue flowered Liatris in some garden centres, as well as the more common pink-purple ‘Kobold.’  Liatris makes a great addition to the perennial flower garden and is attractive to butterflies.

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