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Liatris Spicata ‘Kobold’: Gorgeous July To August Purple Blooms

Liatris Spicata 'Kolbold'

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Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’, or blazing star is a small, compact, upright, clump-forming perennial which typically grows 24 to 30 inches tall. The popularity of this plant comes from the unusual terminal spikes (6 to 15 inches in length) of sessile, rounded, fluffy, deep purple flower heads (each is about ¾ inches across) appearing atop rigid, erect, leafy flower stalks.

Multiple stalks arise from basal tufts of narrow leaves (about 10 inches in length). Flowers generally open top to bottom on the spikes. The bloom period is July to August. Liatris belongs to the aster family, with each flower head having only fluffy disk flowers (resembling “blazing stars”) and no rays.

How to Make Your Liatris Spicata ‘Kobold’ Thrive

Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

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Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’, or blazing star is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun; it prefers moist, fertile soils. This plant is tolerant of poor soils, drought, summer heat, as well as humidity. The one real nemesis for this plant is wet soils during the winter.

General Liatris Spicata ‘Kobold’ Information

Pests and Diseases

There are no serious insect or disease problems and this plant does not need staking. If the plant is under stress you need to watch for stem rot, rust, leaf spots, snails, and of course slugs.

Propagation

Divide clumps in spring; you can start seeds in a cold frame in fall.

Garden Uses

Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ is an excellent compact plant for perennial borders, or cutting gardens.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Common Name: Blazing star
  • Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 to 8
  • Height: 12 to 30 inches
  • Spread: 6 to 12 inches
  • Bloom Time: July to August
  • Bloom Description: A very gorgeous purple
  • Sun: Full sun to shade
  • Water: Medium
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Attracts: Birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies
  • Tolerates: Drought, clay soil

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2 Comments

  1. Nice looking plant – not one I have tried yet.

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