In our gardens, this species is a butterfly magnet during its long run of summer bloom (July to September) and a feeding station for goldfinches come fall. Our human visitors appreciate the tall (3–5′) wands of brilliant rosy purple flowers that open from densely packed crimson buds.
A North American genus consisting of about 20 species. Perfect with Echinacea and Monarda. Liatris is excellent for cutting, superb for drying, and beautiful in the border, where it looks best planted in groups. It is also a strong favorite with many butterflies. Plants offered thrive in full sun or partial shade and well-drained, even dry, soil, but they struggle in the desert Southwest.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Cindy from Fairfield, CT
I like to plant these in groups of three and have several groupings around my garden, so I can watch the Monarchs fly between the groupings. MY garden has a cottage feel, so the twist and turns the plants take are okay with me.
Bob810 from Southern Indiana
This liatris was planted in full sun in a south facing border in well drained soil. It grows well, but starts to droop when it attains about 2' in height. It falls over if not staked and continues to try to right itself with no much success. If you like a liatris that crawls along the ground, this is the plant for you. The blooms are small compared to the Liatris Kobold, but even when staked the plant has an irregular shape and simply rambles.
Latin Name Pronunciation: lye-ay'-triss
Plant in well-drained, even dry, soil. Liatris spicata 'Kobold' also tolerates damp soil in summer (it will rot in soil that remains wet through the winter). It is often difficult to tell top from bottom on Liatris corms; when in doubt, plant them on their sides. Remove spent flower spikes to prevent the appearance of unwanted seedlings.