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.