Liatris spicata 'Kobold Original' - Gayfeather or Blazing Star

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantRain GardenBird Friendly
Gayfeather or Blazing Star
Liatris spicata 'Kobold Original'

Bright, lavender purple flower wands open from top to bottom in mid-summer. 'Kobold' is a compact selection that is one of the best available and seldom requires staking.  It has a vertical habit that won’t take up much room, giving you big flower power for smaller spaces. A heavy nectar producer, this beauty attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Songbirds will eat the seed in autumn. An easy to grow perennial for full sun and moist well-drained soil.


  • ‘Kobold’ is a more compact variety that won’t need staking
  • Provides a strong vertical accent in the border
  • Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and songbirds
  • Considered to have special value to native bees and bumblebees
  • Tolerates summer heat and humidity, low maintenance
  • Outstanding cut flower, deer resistant

Native Range

Found in moist, wood openings, mesic prairies and marsh edges.



Most bees fly during the day. However a few North American species are able to navigate by the light of the moon and stars, which allows them to collect pollen and nectar from nocturnally blooming plants such as the evening primrose.




Prefers average to moist, organically rich soils in full to part sun. Tolerant of harsh growing conditions such as poor soil, heat, humidity and drought, but is the most moisture tolerant of the genus.


Mature Size: 18-30" Tall x 12-16" Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Full to part sun

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