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Gayfeather plants launch radiant rockets of fluffy flowers from July to September. Blooms attract countless butterflies, provide long-lasting fresh cut or dried flowers. Hardy perennial, tolerates poor soil, heat, humidity, and severe winter weather.
'Floristan' series Gayfeather plants burst into bloom, presenting flashy summer flowers much to the delight of butterflies, hummingbirds and gardeners.
'Floristan White Gayfeather, with its torches of creamy white flowers elevates summer cool into new heights. Grows 3-4 feet tall.
'Floristan Violet' Gayfeather is a popular commercial cut flower variety easily adapted to home gardens. The candles of violet-purple flowers mark the beginning and end of each summer. 'Floristan Violet' plants grow beautifully next to perennials with yellow or pink flowers, ornamental grasses, and plants with silvery leaves. Grows 3-4 feet tall.
Also known as 'Kobold,' this dwarf perennial flower delivers plenty of sass. Unapologetically showy, the 18-24 inch tall plants sport spikes of fuzzy, lilac purple flowers from July to September. They are long-lasting cut. 'Goblin Gayfeather is perfect for the front of borders and grows nicely with: 'Hidcote Superior' lavender, and 'Traffic Lights' Red Hot Poker.
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil, do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 70° F., germination averages 21-35 days. Transplant 18 inches apart. See Starting Seeds for more information.
Comments: Full sun, Gayfeather plants tolerate drought and poor soil, better performance with regular water and moderately fertile soil. Flowers open from the top of the spike down; are long-lasting cut flowers, fresh or dried. Cut back flower spikes by half to encourage repeat bloom. Late summer flowers can be allowed to mature, will provide winter seed for birds. Divide plants every 3-4 years in spring or fall. Gayfeather flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Plants tolerate heat, humidity, and cold, and are deer resistant.