Gay Feather (Liatris spicata 'Kobold') in the Gayfeathers Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 12 - 18 inches
Plant Spread: 6 - 12 inches
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Corm
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Bees

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Location: My Cincinnati Ohio gardenDate: 2013-07-01Liatris, third ear plant
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Location: NJ
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Date: 2018-07-13
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Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2011-08-31
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2006-06-26
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: Mid Summer
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Date: 2012-07-05
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2012-08-02
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2014-07-06
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-11clump in bloom
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Location: TwispDate: September
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Location: Cincinnati, OhioDate: October 2011Liatris kobold purple
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Location: TennesseeCourtesy Sunlight Gardens, www.sunlightgardens.com
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Date: 2012-07-05
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Date: 2012-07-05
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5Date: 2012-10-23
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2014-07-13
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Location: RichmondDate: 2015-05-21
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Location: Newby Hall, Yorkshire UKDate: 2018-06-15
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Location: Newby Hall, Yorkshire UKDate: 2018-06-15
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Location: Cincinnati, OhioDate: October 2011Liatris kobold purple seeds
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2009-07-11
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2005-07-14
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Location: Wayne, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-07-17plants in bloom
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Posted by kqcrna (Cincinnati, Oh - Zone 6a) on Oct 22, 2011 9:22 PM

Liatris Kobold purple is a beautiful, upright spike of bright purple. It is drought tolerant and adds vertical accent to the garden. It attracts bees and butterflies.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 14, 2012 1:56 PM

Kobold' is just like the species Liatris spicata except that it is shorter growing. These plants, grown from seed, will range from 18-30 inches tall.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 24, 2014 5:35 AM

Gay Feather (Liatris spicata) 'Kobold' is a shorter, upright cultivar of the species plant, only reaching about 18" in height, in contrast to the species plant, which can grow up to 3 feet tall. Kobold's plumes are also more upright than those of the species plant. 'Kobold' blooms in midsummer.

Liatris spicata is a nectar source for Monarchs and other butterflies and is a Monarch Way Station plant. The pollinators love it! Liatris spicata also has special value to native and bumble bees and is visited at times by hummingbirds.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 21, 2018 3:30 PM

Some of this Kobold cultivar of the Spike Gayfeather or Blazingstar is sold at many conventional nurseries and big box stores that sell perennials. It is a compact selection that does not lean over, as the mother species can unless supported by other tall perennials. It is very easy to grow and it does self-sow some and comes true from seed. It blooms about a month. After that, the foliage still looks good. Gayfeather (Blazingstars) unlike other flowering forbs with spike flower clusters blooms from the top downward.

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