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Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

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

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

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

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

  • Genus : Liatris
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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