Wild Liatris for Cut Flowers

Who doesn’t love wild liatris?  I’m a huge fan because it’s perfect line material in floral arrangements.

Where was all this growing you might wonder?  In our ditch!

That’s correct, with cooler temperatures I’ve been working more outdoors cleaning up the farm.  This takes me to our very unpleasant ditch which normally I wait for the county to cut but it appears they may not be coming back a second time this year.

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This means I decided to tackle the project myself with our weed wacker mower and of course the super machete.

This project was pretty big, because the front of our property is several acres wide.  Even so I decided to tackle this job with gusto.

At one point where I’m up on a hill I was getting a little frustrated until I ran into this wild liatris.

Always loved this flower

I’ve always loved this flower because when it comes in the flower shops it’s lush and really is the perfect line material for all types of arrangements.

Another little tip you can also dry it, the stems stay strong and the flower does very little fading.

When I ran across this space of beautiful in between all the weeds and tall grass I knew cutting around it was necessary so I could keep enjoying.

That’s what I did; I cut several stems and headed back to the house with a huge bunch of wonderful.

What a treat!!

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Before I show you what I made let’s discuss how easy this plant is to grow.  It’s pretty obvious it’s easy since these stems are growing with absolutely no love and care.

Liatris is a very versatile plant and stems can grow 1 – 5 ft. tall.  It’s more of a prairie field wild flower and the great news you can grow them anywhere.

Primarily this flower loves full sun and they’re drought resistant.  Liatris is your go to hardy plant for zones 5 – 7.  Great news!!

Don’t worry about your soil either because it does well in all types including rocky landscapes.

Getting this Flower Started

You can plant by seed or sprout from corms; this would be a rounded underground organ that is present in certain plants, it’s basically a swollen stem based covered with scale leaves.

Liatris corms are usually planted in early spring or in the fall and space 12 – 15 inches apart.

Make note if your planting liatris by seed start your seeds in the fall or winter for blooms the following season.

Water new plants and seeds often and once established you can basically let nature take care of the rest.  I do recommend adding fertilizer to the soil so you can experience amazing blooms.

Here’s my wonderful

A few weeks ago I put together this planter and set in this enamel pitcher where I’ve been filling it with beautiful Fresh cut zinnias.

This week that pitcher needed refilling so the liatris was a perfect fit.  I love mixing in a little purple for fall so the timing was perfection.

Add in a few pine cones, Mr. Frog and the front table became a place to sit and relax.

Wild liatris is the perfect cut flower; you may have seen some in flower shops or even received a bouquet with a few stems included at one time.

Now you can step things up a notch and plant some for yourself. Good news too I finally got the ditch completed, well everything but that liatris wild patch.

12 comments

  1. Joyce Olson says:

    Of course, I always have flowers on my mind, so naturally these beauties surely caught my eye!
    Great tips Carole and what a fabulous Fall bouquet too.
    Lovely to have you join us today at TOHOT!
    Jemma

    1. Thanks Jemma – this was a great find and it’s good to know it’s drought resistant.

  2. Patti Estep says:

    What a great find. Of course you put them to good use in a beautiful arrangement. Many people in PA would be surprised, as I am, to see these lovelies growing wild on your property. Can’t wait to see what else you find.

    1. I agree, I couldn’t just let them be… the florist in me had to grab a bouquet. I was shocked as well I’ve seen small starts in the past on drives down here but nothing like this.

  3. Michelle Hinton Curren says:

    I planted liatris for the first time this year. I was wondering if it would reseed, or spread somehow. Now I’m wondering if it grows wild in my area? I think I got chiggers reading about you cleaning the ditch, lol! Your arrangement is lovely!

    1. Yes chiggers are my worst nightmare. I wear jeans, boots and tuck in my shirt and for the most part that keeps them away. Will be glad when they finally fad away because they’ve been brutal this year. Thanks for stopping by maybe visit the countryside and see if it’s growing wild on the side streets.

  4. Vickie Ellis Macfarlane says:

    Beautiful Carole!

  5. Jane Peet says:

    i never knew what this flower was called…love that you can dry liatris!

    I was reading the comments below and laughed when you mentioned “chiggers” I was hunting wild flowers/weeds with a gal from the barn sale and she said chiggers…I had no idea what she meant. She laughs every time she sees me now and said she’s making me a sign! They sound nasty!

    1. Chiggers are the pits – they bite around the waistline and soft skin areas and they itch….

  6. Wendi Wachtel says:

    I’ve always loved this flower and had no idea it grew wild! Lucky you!! Love the arrangements you made.

  7. Bonnie Tyler says:

    I saw it growing in my field this year. I was blown away by its color and height. I hope it returns next year. I wish I had a camera or had thought to cut some to bring into the house. They are gone now.

    1. Carole says:

      Hello Bonnie – I to was blown away – it was such a treat. You’ll probably have a larger batch next year.

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