Blazing star

Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Park Seed
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Blazing star (Liatris spicata 'Kobold')
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Synonyms:  'Goblin'
Genus:  Liatris

This cultivar of a U.S. prairie plant offers the garden spikes of purple, fuzzy-looking flowers that open from the top down on plants up to 2 feet tall and 18 inches wide. The show starts in late summer and attracts butterflies and bees. Grow it in a moist meadow or border. The flowers are also beautiful in a vase.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Fuzzy purple flower spikes. U.S. native. Attracts butterflies and bees. No staking is needed.

Care: 

Needs consistently moist, light, well-drained soil and full sun.

Propagation: 

Divide clumps in spring, or start seeds in a cold frame in fall.

Problems: 

Stem rot, rust, leaf spots, snails, slugs.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Purple
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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