Liatris spicata 'Alba' - Alba Gayfeather
Liatris spicata 'Alba'
Featuring long, lance-like, deep green foliage arranged around beefy stems, this upright grower tops each stem with fluffy, white tassel flower spikes throughout the summer. An easy-care garden performer, it is great for massing at the back of a garden and is a pollinator magnet.
Attracts tiger swallowtail, clouded sulphfur, orange sulphfur, gray hairstreak, aphrodite fritillary, painted lady, red admiral, and wood nymphs. The caterpillars of the rare Glorious Flower Moth feed on the flowers and seed capsules of this and other Liatris species. Looks great with other Liatris species, Echinacea (Coneflower), Silene (Royal catchfly), and prairie grasses in a formal or naturalized meadow garden.
- Outstanding as a cut flower
- Easy to grow and drought tolerant
- Hummingbird and butterfly magnet!
- Long blooming with big, showy bloom spikes
- Perfect for massing at the back of a garden
Native from New Jersey to Michigan and south to Florida and Louisiana. Grows in moist, wood openings, mesic prairies, and marsh edges.
Most flowers begin to bloom from the bottom of the stem to the top. Liatris does just the opposite and blooms from the top to the bottom.
An easy-to-grow perennial with a preference for dry to average, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerant of poor soils, drought, summer heat, and humidity but will not tolerate wet soils in winter.