Common Names: Liatris, Gay Feather, Purple Poker, Blazing Star

Botanical names: Liatris, (lei-AH-tris)

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 7 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Long, straight stems topped with a single straight spike clustered with tiny florets. Liatris is an unusual blossom in that the florets open at the top of the spike first, then open downward.

Color: Lavender and white

Botanical facts: Liatris in native to North America.

Design notes: Excellent for creating a strong line in arrangements. Very popular in contemporary floral design.

Purchasing hints: Purchase long straight stems with no more than three quarters of the florets open at the top.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the waterline. Cut with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Liatris does dry well. The dried product should be sprayed with a sealant to prevent shattering.