Alba Gayfeather

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 2 - 3 Feet
  • Mature Spread 1 - 2 Feet
  • Growing Zones 3 - 9
  • Use As A Thriller In Containers

Alba Gayfeather, also known as Liatris spicata ‘Alba,’ is the white variety of Blazing Star and is a perfect addition to a wildlife or cottage garden. This herbaceous perennial earns its keep by blooming from May until July. The pure-white flowers attract beneficial pollinators and nectar sippers like butterflies and hummingbirds and are a nice contrast to the lilac color of the more common Blazing Star. The grass-like tufts of foliage last from spring until late fall and are good camouflage for spent spring bulb foliage.

The mounding habit of the foliage makes Gayfeather a lovely plant for edging a flower bed or mass planting. The flower spike rises 2-3 feet above the foliage, adding impact to the overall plant. The high drought tolerance and moderate growth habit make it a must-have for gardening in zones 3-8. Deer resistant and rabbit resistant, Gayfeather also is susceptible to very few diseases.

Alba Gayfeather Care

Gayfeather can be grown in just about any soil as long as it is free draining and not too rich. Native perennials thrive on soils with low nutrition, and Alba Gayfeather is no different. Water new plants deeply and infrequently to encourage deeper root growth. Drip irrigation and soaker hoses are perfect for getting water directly to the root zone and evenly saturating the soil. Mulch with fine arborist chips or organic compost to help the soil hold moisture and slowly feed the plant as they decompose. Alba Gayfeather will tolerate semi-shade but blooms best when planted in 6 hours or more of full sun.

Herbaceous perennials die back entirely to the ground every fall. The only maintenance required is to clean up foliage, and mulch with a 2-3 inch layer of organic material. This will help insulate and protect the roots from severe cold snaps. When new growth emerges, remove mulch from the crown and redistribute it, evenly covering the root zone. Deadheading of individual spent flower stems can be done during the summer to keep the plant producing flowers.

Alba Gayfeather Spacing

The mature size of Alba Gayfeather is compact, with a width and height of 2-3 feet. Plant multiple plants 18 inches apart on center to ensure that air can circulate through the basal leaves.

Alba Gayfeather Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 9
Plant Type: Perennial
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 2 - 3 Feet
Mature Spread: 1 - 2 Feet
Spacing: 1 - 2 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: Summer
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Low
Resists: Deer, Disease, Pests & Insects
Tolerates: Heat, Drought
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Container Role: Thriller
Uses: Containers, Mass Planting
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Native to North America
Brand: American Beauties Native Plants
Common Name: Alba Gayfeather
Other Name(s): Alba Gayfeather
Scientific Name: Liatris spicata 'Alba'

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location


Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.