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Liatris spicata 'Kobold' (Blazing star, Gayfeather)

Liatris spicata 'Kobold' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Park Seed

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Liatris spicata 'Kobold' lee-AT-tris spih-KAY-tah Common Name: Blazing star, Gayfeather 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.
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
Tolerance Deer Tolerant
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, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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