Gardening

Liatris spicata or Lyatid care

Liatris spicata also known as Liatris , Snake Root, Painter’s Brush, Kansas Feather or Flaming Star. It is from the genus Liatris and belongs to the Composite or Asteráceae family. Which is formed by about 40 species of herbaceous plants native to North America.

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Characteristics of the Liatris spicata

Species that can measure from 60 cm to 1.5 m in height, which has an erect flowering stem covered by very fine, thin, lanceolate, bright green leaves. The flowers appear in long spikes at the end of the stem and can be lilac, purple, red or pink. The fruit is capsule-shaped. They bloom in the summer.

Liatris spicata care

They are plants that are used in mixed borders to borders. Also in pots for terraces or balconies, as well as cut flowers.

Liatris spicata requires exposure to semi-shade in hot climates and to full sun in places with colder climates.

The soil must be well drained, so for this it is necessary to mix 2/3 of garden soil and 1/3 of sand. Planting in the definitive place or transplants should be done in the spring or autumn.

It is a species that is easy to grow and requires watering almost daily, but with a considerable amount of water to avoid flooding the substrate and, with it, generating problems in the future.

Composting should be done once a year with an organic fertilizer and mineral fertilizer every 15 days in the spring and until early fall.

Withered flower stalks can be pruned, leaving a small part of the base so it can grow vigorously the next season.

It can be multiplied from seeds sown in the spring, or, at the same time, by division of the bush.

It does not have problems with pests, but it can be attacked by fungi if it lacks sunlight or air circulation.

Properties

This medicinal plant has spread throughout the world. The root served the American Indians as food, as well as a stimulant, diuretic and for those with a urine problem.

So this beautiful plant could be the protagonist of that garden, in the end it does not need great care. It is only convenient to protect it from frost for its optimal development. Did you know it? Have you ever seen it? What do you think? tell us your experience.

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