Kobold Blazing Star

Published On: July 6th, 2020

Kobold Blazing Star (Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’) is a mainstay for the summer perennial border. Its dense vertical spires of violet-purple-colored flowers are a perfect complement to so many other summer-blooming perennials.

Liatris, commonly referred to as Blazing Star or Gayfeather, is a midwestern prairie native. As such, it is naturally adapted to growing in our area. There are several native species of Liatris. ‘Kobold’ is a cultivar of Liatris spicata which was selected for its compact habit. While other Liatris can grow as tall as 5’-6’, ‘Kobold’ only reaches a height of 18”-24” which makes it ideally suited for smaller-scale gardens. It is an easy-care plant, not subject to damage from diseases or insect pests. It is long-lived and reliable with only one caveat; bunnies love it!

Considered one of the premier nectar sources for butterflies, it is among the very best flowers for the butterfly garden. It is also visited by other beneficial pollinators, as well as hummingbirds.

kobold blazing star liatris splicata monarch butterfly on summer flower

Its small, narrow, grass-like leaves and stiffly upright form make it a great accent plant for adding contrast in form and texture. It companions exceptionally well with Daylilies, Daisies, Coreopsis, and Phlox. Its violet-purple flowers are striking when paired with yellow. It is truly stunning when planted in sweeps and, when combined with ornamental grasses, it imparts a peaceful summer-afternoon-in-the-meadow ambiance.

Liatris is a sought-after cutting flower and is widely utilized by the commercial cut flower industry and floral designers. Just as in the garden, it brings a strong vertical element to floral designs and bouquets.

Kobold In a Nutshell

Mature height: 18”-24”
Mature spread: 18”-24”
Light requirement: Full sun to light shade
Growth form: Clumping
USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 3
Flower: Dense vertical spires of violet-purple
Bloom season: Mid-summer
Especially valuable for: Attracting butterflies and cutting for floral arrangements & bouquets

kobold blazing star liatris splicata pink flower spike lacy foliage
kobold blazing star liatris splicata butterfly on summer flower
kobold blazing star liatris splicata blooming in contrast green foliage
kobold blazing star liatris splicata pink flower spike lacy foliage
kobold blazing star liatris splicata backdrop behind yellow coneflower