Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’

White Gayfeather, Button Snakewort, Blazing Star, Liatris Callilepis

Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’: A Delicate Beauty with Whimsical White Flowers

Background: Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’ also known as White Gayfeather, Button Snakewort, Blazing Star, or Liatris callilepis, belongs to the Asteraceae family of plants. It is a cultivar of Liatris spicata, a native North American plant renowned for its vibrant spikes of flowers. ‘Floristan White’ specifically refers to the cultivar’s captivating white blooms.

Characteristics: Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’ is a perennial plant that reaches a height of 2-4 feet and a width of 1-2 feet. Its slender, grass-like leaves form whorls around the stem, providing an elegant backdrop for the star-shaped flowers. The blooms, arranged in magnificent spikes that can stretch up to 12 inches long, adorn the plant during the late summer and early fall seasons.

Cultivation of Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’:

Sunlight: This cultivar thrives in full sun, making it an excellent choice for sunny garden spots.

Planting: When planting ‘Floristan White,’ choose a location with well-drained soil. Plant the corms in the spring, burying them 4-6 inches deep and spacing them 6-8 inches apart.

Watering: While Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’ is drought-tolerant, regular watering is essential during the first year after planting. Once established, the plants can tolerate some drought, but they will benefit from regular watering, particularly in hot and dry weather. Water deeply, ensuring the moisture reaches the roots.

Fertilizing: ‘Floristan White’ does not require excessive fertilization. However, applying a light application of a balanced fertilizer every few weeks can provide additional nutrients for optimal growth. A 10-10-10 fertilizer is suitable for this purpose. Apply the fertilizer to the soil around the plants, avoiding direct contact with the foliage. Water the plants thoroughly after fertilization.

Pest and Disease Control: Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’ is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, it may be susceptible to powdery mildew, a white, powdery fungus that can appear on the leaves. If signs of powdery mildew are observed, promptly treat the plants with a suitable fungicide to prevent further spread.

Deadheading: To promote continuous flowering, regular deadheading is recommended. Simply pinch off the spent flower heads, encouraging the plant to produce new blooms.

White Gayfeather, Button Snakewort, Blazing Star, Liatris Callilepis, Liatris spicata 'Floristan White'
White Gayfeather, Button Snakewort, Blazing Star, Liatris Callilepis

Winter Protection:

Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’ is hardy in USDA zones 4-9. In colder climates, providing winter protection is crucial. Cover the plants with mulch or evergreen boughs to shield them from the cold and ensure their survival.

With its whimsical white flowers and graceful form, Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’ adds a touch of delicacy and charm to any garden. By providing the right conditions of full sunlight, well-drained soil, regular watering, occasional fertilization, and necessary pest and disease control, you can enjoy the captivating beauty of this cultivar while preserving its long-term health and vitality.

Liatris spicata 'Floristan White'
Vertical flowers of Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’
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A bee attracted to Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White

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