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Liatris ‘Spicata Kobold’
(Blazing Star)


£18.00 £14.40
Great for wildlife
August - September
50cm x 45cm
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy

Our Liatris ‘Spicata Kobold’ is cherished on our nursery for its striking appearance and hardy nature. Originating from marshes in America, its spiky leaves and fuzzy pink and purple flowers add texture and colour to any garden bed or border. Loved for its tall stature, it stands above shorter plants like Sedum or Nepeta, creating a dynamic visual contrast. With its resilience and eye-catching blooms, it’s a favourite among our horticultural team.

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Liatris 'Spicata Kobold,' also known as Gayfeather or Blazing Star, is a beloved plant on our nursery for its startling unique appearance and versatile garden use. This compact perennial features tall, slender spikes of vibrant purple flowers that bloom from top to bottom, creating a striking vertical element in the garden from July to September. Our horticultural team admires Liatris 'Spicata Kobold' for its robust nature and low-maintenance requirements. This hardy perennial thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, making it an excellent choice for a variety of garden settings, from formal borders to informal wildflower meadows. It’s particularly drought-tolerant once established, making it a sustainable choice for eco-conscious gardeners. One of the standout benefits of 'Spicata Kobold' is its exceptional ability to attract pollinators. The dense flower spikes are a magnet for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, contributing to a healthy and vibrant ecosystem. Additionally, its unique flower structure and striking colour make it an excellent choice for cut flower arrangements, adding vertical interest and texture. Liatris 'Spicata Kobold' pairs beautifully with other sun-loving perennials such as Echinacea, Rudbeckia, and ornamental grasses. It looks stunning when planted in masses or as part of a mixed border, providing a bold splash of colour and a dynamic vertical accent. Its ease of care, resilience, and ecological benefits make Liatris 'Spicata Kobold' a must-have in any garden, and a favourite on our nursery.

Planting Conditions

Liatris 'Spicata Kobold' thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, making it ideal for sunny garden borders or rock gardens. Plant in moderately fertile, slightly acidic to neutral soil. To plant, dig a hole twice the width of the root ball, place the plant in the hole at the same depth it was in the pot, and backfill with soil. Space plants about 30 cm apart to allow for adequate air circulation. These conditions promote healthy growth and vibrant, long-lasting flower spikes.

Watering & Feeding

Liatris 'Spicata Kobold' is relatively drought-tolerant but benefits from regular watering during prolonged dry periods. Water thoroughly when the top 2-3 cm of soil is dry, avoiding waterlogged conditions, usually once weekly is recommended. Feeding should be minimal; we advise applying a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in early Spring to promote healthy growth and blooming. Avoid over-fertilising, as this can lead to weak, floppy stems. Once established, this plant requires less frequent watering and feeding, making it a low-maintenance choice for sunny garden spots.

General Care

Liatris 'Spicata Kobold' requires minimal pruning. We advise deadheading any spent flower spikes to encourage further blooming and maintain a tidy appearance. In late Autumn or early Spring, cut back the foliage to the ground to promote new growth. This plant is generally pest-resistant and disease-free, making it an easy-care addition to the garden. However, ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal issues. Regularly remove any dead or decaying plant material to keep the area clean and healthy.