Liatrises or blazing stars produce spectacular, feathery spikes of tubular flowers above compact tufts of lance-shaped leaves on stiff stems. Loved by pollinating insects, these impressive perennials will add a touch of pizzazz to the herbaceous border or wild garden. Plant en masse or try mixing with achilleas, aconites, Japanese anemones or echinaceas. Alternatively, interlace with grasses.
Plant in light, moderately fertile, moist soil that is well-drained in full sun. They dislike heavy wet soils and may rot. Water in dry conditions and remove the flower spikes when faded.
Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Mice: these pests like to feed on rootstock.
Snails and slugs:these pests enjoy munching on young shoots, stems, leaves and flowers. Watch out for damage!