Liatris punctata

Gayfeather

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Prairie Blazing Star is the most drought tolerant of the genus and blooms in late summer with showy lavender-pink flower spikes. The roots have been documented to grow to depths of 14 feet into the prairie soils. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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$7.99
per plant - 2.5" deep pot
Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU 63750

Details

12-18" tall x 8-12" wide (seed propagated). Native to the western short grass prairies of the Great Plains and foothills of CO and NM, Liatris punctata is the most xeric of our Gayfeather species. Deep rooted and long lived, this species is the best choice for xeriscapes where it can be planted with Zinnia grandiflora, and Agastache rupestris for a superb late-summer, flowering display. Grows in a wide range of soils, including dry clay.
SKU 63750
Common Name Gayfeather
Botanical Name Liatris punctata
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink, Purple
Mature Height 12-18" tall
Mature Spread 8-12" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Native
Ideal Region Western Only, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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2.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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60%

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Pros

  • Hardy (3)

Cons

  • Small in size (3)

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3.0

never had a chance

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from Denver, Co.

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Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

These were included in a pre-planned garden. I gave up after replacing them 3 times. The squirrels loved them for some reason and would dig them up and leave them all over the yard. After the third time, I decided to replace them with something else.

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1.0

Avoid the 2.5 in pot. Plant are small and fragile.

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

      Love the notion of having this plant. However the plant in the 2.5 inch pot are tiny fail and small. Plant arrived and had about an inch of growth and two small grass looking leaves of growth. Had almost no root system babies this plant along all summer till it finally died. I would have never sent such a small unrooted plant to my customers. Avoid all plants from HCG in a 2.5 in pot.

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      4.0

      Mixed up!

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      from Golden, CO

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

      • Got 2 Of Them Wrong

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      • Garden
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      Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

      Beautiful healthy plants and I will order more. However, two of the plants sent were not punctata, but other related species, not native to my area. They are fine and healthy, still, but wrongly included in my order.

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      3.0

      Maybe Doesn't Like My Soil

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      from Parker, Colorado

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      Pros

      • Hasn't Died

      Cons

      • Didn't bloom
      • Small In Size

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      • Garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

      We had an unusually wet summer, so maybe these guys were just mad about the moisture and soggy soil, but they didn't really do anything this year. I've purchased Liatris before from HCG and they did great at my old house. I bought more last fall for the new house and unfortunately they just didn't perform. The rabbits broke them off at the soil in early spring, and when they finally came back they only got about 6" tall and were very spindley. I'd still recommend them because like I said they performed very well at my old house.

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      5.0

      Beautiful plant - have patience

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      from Englewood, CO

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      • Hardy

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

        Have patience with this plant. Mine are three years old and are just comming into their full late summer/early fall glory for the first time. Bees are all over them. Ordering more soon to replace some goldenrod which is not meeting expectations (and can reseed at will).

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        1.0

        Bummed

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        from Parker, CO

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          Cons

          • Arrived Small Weak
          • Did Not Come Back

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

          I'm in zone 5. I bought list last fall. It arrived small and weak. Everything else in my garden is growing like a weed, and both of the Liatris Punctata I bought have not come up.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          slow but hardy

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          from High desert 3300'), AZ

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          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

          • Small In Size

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris punctata:

          This didn't take off the first year, and looked dead by fall. After several cold, 14 degree nights I was shocked to see it start growing this spring. It's been growing for about a month and is 5" tall. I hope it will flower this year.

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          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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