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Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Liatris (ly-AT-riss) (Info)
Species: spicata (spi-KAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kobold

Synonym:Liatris spicata var. spicata
Synonym:Lacinaria spicata

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29 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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8 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Feb 7, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a beautiful erect clump of little grass-like leaves and great purple spikes where, unlike most flowers, the blooms open from top to bottom. It is very attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Easy to grow, divide, and transplant. It does self sow some and it takes two years from seed germinating to bloom. Supposed to make a good cut flower and dried flower.This compact form usually does not fall over, but it can some when an older plant. The only trouble I have had is that it seems rabbits can eat it. This is the most common Gayfeather sold at most regular nurseries in the Midwest and East USA.

Positive Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

My favorite Liatris. Very reliable and compact. Blooms in July in my garden.

Neutral kbaumle On Jun 23, 2009, kbaumle from Northwest, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This year, after leaving the seed heads last fall for the birds, I had thousands of seedlings all over the garden. NEVER will I do that again! They're easy to pull out, but oh many and everywhere!

Positive Bellisgirl On Feb 6, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Ive had mine for well over five years. It has now formed a nice mound that is 2-and a half feet tall and wide. The flowers are tall and spiky, and are beautiful neon purple color, and bloom from the bottom up. The flowers do not last very long, but are wonderful at attracting hummingbirds. Mine thrives in partial sun, with average moisure. The dark green, spiky foliage is also lovely.

Neutral CaptMicha On Jul 7, 2006, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I really like this perennial but I'm not seeing much spreading or even any reseeding like I've hoped.

I have it in my butterfly garden, well drained soil in full sun.

Positive SisterClay On May 19, 2006, SisterClay from Hurst, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

I really like this plant. It is planted in a very hot very dry location and does wonderfully.

It dies down in the winter and doesn't start to grow back until late spring. It was mid to late April before mine began to grow back--I almost thought it wasn't coming back. But as with most perennials, it is thicker and more beautiful than it was the first year.

Positive lmelling On Nov 12, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've grown the 'Kobold' variety for many years. It appears very hardy and will grow happily as long as it has well drained soil and full sun. I transplanted several plants that were being overcome by a juniper on steroids, and they are now, again growing well in their new home.

Kobold makes nice dried flowers for arrangements. Cut when the flowers have opened about 3/4 of the way up to the top and air dry.

Positive RikerBear On Sep 21, 2004, RikerBear from Seattle, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very easy plant to grow here in Seattle Washington. Average water needs.....seemed to thrive on neglect. Produces thousands of seeds.

Positive kooger On Aug 28, 2004, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Planted this last fall and it came up well and has four blooming spikes. Love it! (z4)

Positive tacm On May 14, 2004, tacm from Mansfield, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have grown this plant in the DFW area for 3 years. It is against the house and facing east, an area that tends to be hot and dry. It survived several days of snow and ice last year. After being completely overcome with a pyrethum mix to exterminate bees that had invaded the outside wall, it died to the ground and rose up this year bigger and better than ever. I love the contrast of the fine foliage with my Coneflowers and Spirea.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pelsor, Arkansas
Aptos, California
Pittsburg, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Washington, District Of Columbia
Bokeelia, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Algonquin, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Godfrey, Illinois
Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Midlothian, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Springfield, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Rossville, Indiana
Inwood, Iowa
Nichols, Iowa
Olathe, Kansas
Hanson, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Coushatta, Louisiana
New Iberia, Louisiana
Falmouth, Maine
Brookeville, Maryland
Ijamsville, Maryland
Blissfield, Michigan
Owosso, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Delano, Minnesota
Farmington, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Ithaca, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Haviland, Ohio
Harrah, Oklahoma
Hugo, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Butler, Pennsylvania
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Arlington, Texas
College Station, Texas
Houston, Texas
Hurst, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah (2 reports)
Leesburg, Virginia
Woodbridge, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Delavan, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Washburn, Wisconsin

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