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
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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