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Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’
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Liatris spicata Kobold
Liatris spicata Kobold

Liatris

Blazing Stars

An American native best planted in drifts, Liatris is a free spirit in the border, in the meadow or in the wild garden. With striking vertical lines, these Blazing Stars add lift to the garden. From a tuft of grassy leaves, stiff, bottlebrush-shaped flowers top leafy stems.

Uniquely, buds burst to bloom from the top down. Coveted by florists for both fresh and dried blossoms, Liatris endures heat, likes well drained soil, and beckons butterflies and bees.

Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ full sun

‘Kobold’ means “goblin”—and big-headed it is. This compact cultivar has a smaller stature than others of its species, and its erect stems rise solidly from the earth. Grassy foliage plays host to an outstanding bristle of rosy lilac blooms. A vibrant garden guest, contrast ‘Kobold’ against Phlomis fruticosa’s yellow blooms and harmonize with the pinkish panicles of Calamagrostis brachytricha. Coveted by florists for both fresh and dried blossoms, Liatris endures heat, likes well-drained soil and beckons butterflies and bees.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ (P-0954)
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