The Liatris spicata, which is also called the lyatid, the painter's brush, the serpent's root, the flaming star, or the Kansas pen, it is a plant that belongs to the genus listris as well as the Asteraceae family, which has about 40 species that are herbaceous and of North American origin.
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Characteristics of the Liatris spicata
This is a plant that can have an approximate measurement of between the 60 centimeters and 1.5 meters high.
It has a straight floral stem covered by fairly fine, pointed, thin leaves and a bright green hue. Its flowers appear in long spikes that are in the last part of the stem, becoming purple, lilac, pink or even red.
The fruit of this plant has a shape similar to a capsule. On the other hand, its flowering time occurs in the summer months.
Liatris spicata care
These plants can be used on the edges of our garden, as well as in the pots to decorate the terraces or balconies and offer them as a cut flower, when you want to give as a gift.
It requires a place that is exposed to semi-shade on days with hot temperatures, and with direct sunlight when the days or the area have cold temperatures.
It is important that the soil has excellent drainage. For this we need to make a mixture with two thirds of garden soil and one third of sand. To plant the Liatris spicata in a definitive site or perform a transplant, you must do it in the spring months or in the fall months.
Said plant it is very easy to grow and needs many daily wateringsHowever, care must be taken when carrying out this task, in order to avoid puddles in the substrate, as it can cause problems in fruit production.
Likewise, you have to use compost once a year, using an organic matter fertilizer or a mineral fertilizer every fortnight in the spring months until the first days of autumn.
For pruning, those flower stems that are withered are cut and we leave a part of its base so that the plant can grow with more vigor in the following season.
How to cultivate the Liatris spicata?
The main thing is to choose the place where you have to place the plant or also the container where you want to plant, this being a place with direct sunlight.
The soil will be worked until it is loose enough to stimulate the drilling of the roots. Then the hole will be prepared, which will be about 13 centimeters wide by six in length and will be where the bulb will be placed.
If it is for a plant, you have to make a hole that is twice the size of the container in which it is located.
The bulbs will be placed at the bottom of each hole. When it is a plant, it must be placed inside the hole, preserving the level that exists in said stem. It will be filled in with the necessary amount of soil and it will be crushed a little with the hands, so that the air bags disappear as well as to ensure an excellent union of the earth with the roots.
For pruning, it is advisable to use previously clean and sharp anvil scissors correctly for the harvest of the flowers; All important branches will be removed to maintain control over the shape of the plant as well as its size, although pruning is not essential so that this plant can flourish.
When the climate of the area where you live is suitable for its development and flowering, a third compost can be added in the fall months.