Kobold is often regarded as the best cultivar of liatris for the garden. It features numerous spikes of deep rosy-purple flowers. The tall spikes of flowers bloom from the top-down, similar to sparklers, making them a showy addition to any sun filled garden. Their foliage resembles the ornamental grasses we enjoy all fall.
The purple color begins to emerge in July and persists for about two months. They bring a strong sense of vertical interest to both flower beds and vases.
Liatris is a sought-after flower to cut for stunning flower arrangements. It is widely used by the commercial cut flower industry and floral designers alike.
After the flowers fade and dry, songbirds hover around the fluffy seed heads, picking away at the seeds. Finches in particular love the nutritious seeds.
Blazing Star Kobold Liatris
You can stake your claim to being a good gardener, but you don’t need to stake your Kobolds. Kobold is less likely to need staking than the older Blazing Stars. These only reach a height of 18-24 inches, packing a lot of punch with a sturdy stem.
Kobold is very tolerant of hot summers without requiring much care once established. The roots are tuberous, which means they should be lifted every few years and divided.
During the first year they enjoy compost, organic fertilizer, and regular watering.
Kobold is very attractive to butterflies, but occasionally it can be just as adored by slugs. The next time you use an egg, place the shell in a low temperature oven for ten minutes, then crack it into small pieces and place it near the stem of your Liatris. Those shells become a great deterrent, enabling you to win the ‘slugfest’.
Plant Kobold in groups of 3 or 5 for a big impact.