Liatris spicata 'Kobold'
Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

SKU: S32955
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Common Name: Blazing Star, Gayfeather
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/9W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jul-Aug
Mature Height: 24-30" Spacing: 12-18"
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Deer Resistance: Yes
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This compact variety of the prairie native forms low grassy clumps and produces recurring spikes of showy pink-purple blossoms. Liatris spicata 'Kobold' is easy to grow and perfect for sunny beds and borders.

The genus Liatris, native to North America, includes about 40 species all beloved by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Their fluffy, somewhat star-like or feathery blossoms (from which the common names Blazing Star and Gayfeather derive) open from top to bottom on tall flower spikes which stand above basal clusters of attractive, linear foliage. Liatris make fantastic accent plants in summer-blooming borders and beds (appearing to best advantage when planted in groups), and they are central to any pollinator garden. The flower stalks are superb for cutting and drying, as well. Plants thrive in full sun and well-drained soil. Depending on the species, they may tolerate moist or dry conditions. As members of the Aster family, Liatris are unusual in that their individual blossoms comprise only disc flowers, not a combination of disc and ray flowers characteristic of the composite blooms in this family (as seen in the common Daisy).

Like other Blazing Stars, Liatris spicata is an easy-care, clump-forming, upright pollinator magnet. Native to eastern Canada and eastern and central portions of the US, it produces densely crowded spikes of feathery, reddish-purple flower heads, which are sometimes accented with white. Unlike some of its relatives, this native of marsh perimeters, meadows, and lowlands thrives in moist, fertile soils (although plants will not flourish in areas that are wet in winter). Established plants tolerate drought. While most top out at 2-4’, some rise as high as 6’, creating a towering waystation for butterflies and bees in the sunny summer garden, as well as for songbirds later in the season, who feast on the seeds. Taller plants may need staking or the support of a fence or surrounding companions. This Liatris is an excellent replacement plant for the invasive Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria).

For more information on growing and care, click Growing Guide.

How to see a 3D model of this item

1. Click on the 3D Model image in the image gallery.

2. A pop up will open with the 3D model of the item. You can move the 3D model around with your mouse if on a computer or with your finger on your device. The 3D model represents a mature plant that is approximately 3 years old.

How to use (AR) Augmented Reality to see this item in your garden

1. Make sure your device has a camera and is connected to the internet. If you want to see the item in your garden and are on your computer, click the 3D Model image on your computer and a QR code will open that will allow you to open the link on your device.

2. Once you have clicked the 3D Model image on your device, go outside and face your device camera toward where you would like to see how the item will look in your garden.

3. To see the item in your own garden, click on the [AR] link in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. You might need to wait a few seconds for the AR experience to load. This only works from a device with a camera such as a mobile phone or a tablet.

4. Allow your device to access the camera, if prompted.

5. Point your device's camera at the area where you want to place the plant or garden.

6. The website will use Augmented Reality to place a virtual image of the item in the space you are looking at through your device’s camera. You can adjust the position of the virtual item by using two fingers to resize the item, or one finger to move the item around the screen, until you're satisfied with how it looks. To get an accurate sense of the size of this item, we recommend measuring out the area where you would like to plant it (the spacing for this item is 12-18"), and staking or flagging the borders so that you will have an accurate idea for the mature size of the item while using AR (the magnifier only enlarges the 3D model of the item, it does not change the actual size of the item). The 3D model represents a mature plant that is approximately 3 years old.

7. Move your device around to view the item from different angles and get a better idea of how it will look in your garden.

8. Once you have everything lined up, take a screenshot or tap the screen to show the AR experience controls and press the white circle to take a photo of the AR image to save it for future reference.

9. If you decide to purchase the item, you can use the AR image as a reference for placement in your garden.




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.


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We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (6 Reviews) Write a Review

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Beautiful and doing great!

Love this plant. I have it in the absolute worst soil and the sun beats down on it relentlessly, and it is thriving and spreading.

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Stunning performer in poor soil...

I bought several of the Kobold liatris for a very sunny, dry spot and they have flourished...even in poor clay soil. In 3 years they have grown enough to need splitting. As a result, I discovered that they look great in large pots. I’ve gotten many compliments on them in my container garden. In my beds, they pair beautifully with orange butterfly weed; together these plants attract more butterflies than my butterfly bush!

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A stalwart of the summer garden.

We planted this in our newly dug Vermont flower garden and it flourished all summer with no attention. Excellent plant.

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Great buy

Used in a border in front of spring blooming shrubs. Perfect!

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lived up to all my expecations

this plant arrived in very good condition. It was planted in a mixed perennial bed to provide late summer-fall color which it did the first year.

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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.



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