Liatris Microcephela

Trial: Perennial

Years Trialed: 1998, 1999

Good Qualities:

Year 1:

Would be good filler and has a nice bloom; Pretty color, lasted well in a vase.

Year 2:

Different than other liatris. I like the hairy-like blooms; Easy to grow; Nice color and flower life.

Problems:

Year 1:

Too short this year (4); The plants are all very small and they never seemed to do much; Plants need establishment year.

Year 2:

Liatris is too ordinary. Available cheaply from any wholesaler. This is different but still liatris. Plants were put in late last year so stems were not tall. I’ll keep my eye on this. Too short and floppy; Perhaps even wimpy; Takes too many stems to make any statement.

Comments:

Year 1:

Plants are well established. Good potential for next year; Not a very interesting flower compared to our other Liatris.

Year 2:

I liked the first year.

Trial Data

Year 1

Liatris microcephela
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)
Average 8.1 7.9 1.7 1.7 4.3

(1) Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established. See comments section for more details.

(2) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Year 2

Liatris microcephela
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)
Average

(1) Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established. See comments section for more details.

(2) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Supplier

North Creek Nursery (NC)

388 North Creek Rd.

Landenberg, PA 19350

610-255-0100

FAX 610-255-4762

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