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Liatris  - Spicata 'Kobold' / Blazing Star

    Liatris - Spicata 'Kobold' / Blazing Star


    Liatris Spicata 'Kobold' is an incredibly beautiful and unique perennial that is known for its vibrant purple spikes of flowers and glossy green foliage. This variety of Gayfeather blooms prolifically from late summer to early fall, adding a stunning statement piece to any garden space. 

    Plant Characteristics

    • Height: 60-90 cm
    • Spread: 30-45cm
    • Flower color: Bright purple ray petals with dark centres
    • Flowering period: Late summer to early fall
    • Foliage : Glossy green leaves
    • Sunlight requirements : Full sun or partial shade
    • Soil requirements : Well drained, slightly sandy soil with average fertility
    • Hardiness : Zones 3 - 1


    Liatris spicata ' Kobold' is an excellent choice for bringing a bold punch of color into any garden space . Here are some ideas on how you can use this plant in your garden :

    • Borders & edging : The bushy growth habit of this variety of Gayfeather makes it ideal for creating borders and edging in your landscape. 

    • Mass planting & ground covers : Planting in large groups or drifts can create a show stopping swath of deep purple blooms that will bring joy to your garden all season long. When planted together with other tall varieties , it also works perfectly as a ground cover. 

    • Garden containers : The compact size of ' Kobold' makes it perfect for container gardens and can add beauty to balconies, patios or porches. 

    • Cutting gardens : This plant is an excellent choice for cutting gardens due to its striking purple blooms which make beautiful bouquets when cut fresh from the garden. 

    Companion Plants Here are three companion plants that look good with Liatris Spicata ' Kobold':

    1. Pincushion Flower ( Scabiosa columbaria )​ ​​​​​​: Pincushion flower has small lavender blue button shaped flowers which bloom profusely during mid summer until the first frost . It requires similar growing conditions as gayfeather , making it another great companion plant . The contrasting colors between pincushion flower's rich blues hues and ' Kobold’s deep purples give great visual interest in your garden!

    2. Catmint ( Nepeta racemosa )​ ​​​​​​: Catmint has spiky grey green foliage topped by light lavender/blue hues which bloom heavily from may until autumn . Like gayfeather most catmints prefer well drained soils so they make great companions! The delicate lavenders blended with bright purples tones from ‘ Kobold’s blooms provides an attractive contrast within the bed or border.

    3. Sweet William ( Dianthus barbatus )​ ​​​​​​​​: Sweet William has clove like pinkish red blossoms which bloom during spring into early summer . It needs similar growing conditions as gayfeather , making it another excellent companion plant . When planted side by side , the warm pinkish red shades bring out the dazzling purples shades of 'Kobold’s blooms beautifully! 

    In summary , Liatris spicata 'Kobold' is an excellent choice for bringing vibrancy and life into any garden space throughout late summer until early fall . When planted along complementary companion plants such as Pincushion Flower, Catmint, and Sweet William, it will truly shine!