Liatris spicata

Liatris spicata

Liatris spicata

Liatris spicata

Kansas gay feather or button snakewort

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moist but well-drained soil
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Height: 0,6-0,8m
  • Foliage: deciduous
  • Hardiness: fully hardy


Liatris spicata

Liatris spicata. Long-lived, undemanding plant with purplish-pink, bottle-like flower spikes which flower in late summer. These erect flower spikes open from the top down. With a height of 70cm Liatris spicata will add height and interest to a summer border.

Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’

Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ has the same stiff purple spikes but with a height of 45cm.

Liatris spicata ‘Alba’

If you want to add a cooler colour choose the white-flowering Liatris spicata ‘Alba’

Butterfly plant

Liatris spicata is also a fantastic plant for wildlife. Butterflies and bees love all sorts of Liatris spicata.


Pruning Liatris spicata (button snakewort). Cut the faded flowers spikes back to the base of the plant in September.

Or leave the spikes to provide winter structure.

Plant combination

Liatris spicata looks fabulous on its own or combined with other plants such as agastache, echinacea, helenium and phlox. You can also add ornamental grasses.

Phlox p. Bright Eyes
Phlox paniculata ‘Bright Eyes’

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