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2024 Seed Catalog

Gayfeather Floristan Violet liatris
Gayfeather Floristan Violet - Liatris spicata


Flor­istan Violet

Gayfeather Seeds

Floristan Violet gayfeather is a popular commercial cut flower variety easily adapted to home gardens. The candles of violet-purple flowers mark the beginning of, and end of each summer. Floristan Violet gayfeather plants grow beautifully next to perennials with yellow or pink flowers, ornamental grasses, or plants with silvery leaves. Grows 3 to 4 ft. tall. Winter hardy to zone 3.

30 seeds - $3.49
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How to Plant and Grow Floristan Violet Gayfeather

Plant Floristan Violet gayfeather Seeds: Sow gayfeather seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and lightly cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 70° F., seedlings emerge in 21 to 35 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds, in groups of 3 to 4 seeds, spaced 18 in. apart. Thin to the strongest plant.

Grow Floristan Violet gayfeather: Full sun. Best performance in moderately fertile soil with regular water. Floristan Violet gayfeather will tolerate drought and poor soil. Plants stand up to heat, humidity, and cold, and are deer resistant. 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 to 4 years in spring or fall. Use Floristan Violet gayfeather in beds, mixed borders, cottage and cutting gardens, or plant with ornamental grasses, echinaceas and rudbeckias to create a beautiful and easy care, prairie-like garden.

Dig Deeper: Floristan Violet gayfeather flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Flowers are long-lasting in fresh or dried arrangements. Blooms open from the top of the spike down. Fresh cut flowers last 1 to 2 weeks when picked with about one-third of the flowers open on each stem. For dried flowers cut stems when two-thirds of blooms are open, remove foliage and hang in a dark, dry place with good air circulation for about 3 weeks.

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