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Liatris spicata 'Alba'
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Plant Type: Perennials

Also known as Gayfeather. Plants form a low clump of grassy looking leaves, bearing tall spikes of clean white flowers beginning in midsummer. Very useful in the sunny border or meadow garden, or in containers. Drought tolerant. Attractive to butterflies. Beautiful in combination with the purple forms. Feathery spikes of pure white flowers bloom in mid to late summer.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

L. spicata prefers more moisture than other members of the Liatris family, and thrives in well-drained soil in full sun. It is a suitable choice for southern gardens since it is very tolerant of hot summers. The roots of this genus are tuberous, and they may be lifted every few years and divided. When doing so, use a sharp knife, allow at least one eye per division, and dust the newly cut ends with a fungicidal powder before replanting.

Flower Color

Pure white

Foliage Color

Plant Spread

12-18 in.

Good Companions

Plant Height

18-36 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Accent, Border, Container, Cut flower, Mass plant, Wild flower

Bloom Time

Mid summer to early fall

Critter Resistance

Deer and rabbit resistant


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests