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by weejack on October 16, 2005 12:10 AM
We planted gayfeather this spring and were very happy with the flower, as it attracted a number of butterflys and hummingbirds. Is there anything that I need to do for the winter? We are in a heavy snow zone, and as it is, the flowers are nearly horizontal to the ground. Do they need to be "cut back" or not. Thanks for helping a rookie!
by melcon6 on October 16, 2005 02:22 AM
Is gayfeather the common name for liatris?? If so, I cut mine down to the ground and usually lay the seed-laden stalks where I want more!

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by alankhart on October 18, 2005 12:00 AM
You can cut them back or let them die back naturally. They reseed like crazy, so if you don't want more you should cut them back. You could apply a loose layer of mulch for winter protection, but since you are in a heavy snow zone that probably isn't necessary...the snow acts as protection.

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