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Liatris: Yes or No?

Posted by edlincoln 6A (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 13, 14 at 17:09

I just saw a bag of Liatris at Lowes, 75 for $14.99. My questions are:

1.) Are Liatris a bulb, corm, or otherwise something you could realistically toss in a bag and expect to survive?
2.) Are they native to New England?
3.) Will they do well in gravelly soil in partial shade where they have to share with Yew, Grape Hyacinths, and Nodding Onion?
4.) When would I plant them?

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RE: Liatris: Yes or No?

Yes Liatris is a bulb/corm and could survive.
Yes, there are some species that are native to New England. I imagine they don't say the species name on the bag?

Yes, they would like gravely soil, but probably would want full sun to flower.

I guess you would plant them after danger of frost.

Here is a link that might be useful: species map for Liatris

RE: Liatris: Yes or No?

I saw those at the Lowes here. Doesn't say on the bag what species it is but it's most likely Liatris spicata. I bought some corms from Country Max and the recommendation on the bag is to plant them after danger of frost.

Btw, Country Max had boxes of Virginia bluebells and Allegheny spurge for sale. They were 2 for $6.95. I'm thinking of going back to get a few.

RE: Liatris: Yes or No?

The Virginia bluebells are well worth that price. And, a surprise to me after planting mine was that they are a food source for Spring migrating Monarchs.

Here is a link that might be useful: Monarch on Bluebell

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