Known for its tall, spiky blooms that attract butterflies, birds and bees, Liatris – Gayfeather, makes a great cut flower and is deer resistant.
Gayfeather has the odd habit of opening its fluffy flowers from the top of the spike down, instead of the other way around, as most flowers do. It grows wild from Canada to Mexico, often in poor soil and has some definite requirements. This plant is a native of wide open spaces, it prefers full blazing sun, and fast-draining soil. If you plant in super-rich mushy loam the flower spikes may topple over from weakness. If you give it a hot, dry spot, the stems are always stiff and strong.
When planting, the crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.