Kobold Gayfeather

Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

Family: Blazing Star

Type: Perennial

Other Common Name: Gayfeather

Kobold Gayfeather, also known as Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’, is a popular perennial known for its striking, fluffy purple flower spikes. This compact cultivar is ideal for adding vertical interest to the garden.

Renowned for its dense, bottlebrush-like blooms, Kobold Gayfeather brings an element of texture and vivid color to any landscape. Its flowers are not only beautiful but are also excellent for attracting pollinators like butterflies and bees.

Thriving in full sun, Kobold Gayfeather is hardy in zones 3-9. It is adaptable to a variety of soil types but prefers well-draining conditions and is drought-tolerant once established.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 2a-3a

Deer Resistant: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Dry to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun

Drought Tolerance (Xeriscape): Yes


Growth Rate: Fast

Average Height (feet): 2

Average Spread (feet): 1

Average Life Span (years): 10

Form: Towering


Flower Color: Purple

Bloom Season: From mid summer to early fall

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Grassy

Landscaping Your Yard With Kobold Gayfeather

Integrating Kobold Gayfeather into your garden design offers a unique vertical element and a splash of vibrant color. Its slender, upright form makes it an excellent choice for both small and large garden spaces.

This plant is perfect for perennial borders, wildflower meadows, and as a cut flower in arrangements. When mass-planted, it creates a stunning display of purple that can transform any garden into a visual spectacle.

Despite its showy appearance, Kobold Gayfeather is low maintenance. It’s a fantastic choice for gardeners looking for an easy-care plant that provides maximum impact with minimal effort.


Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

In cottage gardens, Kobold Gayfeather adds height and a touch of whimsy. It pairs well with other perennials and provides a rustic charm.

Formal Garden

For formal gardens, its structured growth and dramatic flower spikes bring a sense of elegance and order.

Butterfly Garden

In butterfly gardens, Kobold Gayfeather is a star attraction. Its nectar-rich flowers are a favorite among butterflies and other pollinators.

Kobold Gayfeather Landscaping Ideas

Plant in groups for a striking vertical accent. Its tall flower spikes create a visual impact that is both elegant and bold.

Use as a backdrop for lower-growing perennials. It adds height and contrast behind plants like sedum or salvia.

Combine with grasses for a naturalistic meadow look. Its texture complements ornamental grasses, creating a dynamic landscape.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Kobold Gayfeather begins to emerge, setting the stage for its summer bloom.


During summer, it blooms profusely, showcasing its beautiful purple spikes that add color and height to the garden.


In the fall, the blooms may fade, but the plant still adds structure to the garden as it prepares for dormancy.


In winter, Kobold Gayfeather dies back. This period of rest is essential for its lifecycle and prepares it for another blooming season.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Kobold Gayfeather thrives in full sun areas, making it perfect for open, sunny borders, wildflower gardens, or meadows where it can enjoy plenty of daylight.


This perennial requires full sun to produce its vibrant purple spikes. It needs at least six hours of direct sunlight each day for optimal flowering.


Kobold Gayfeather prefers well-draining soil and is adaptable to a variety of soil types, though it flourishes in slightly moist conditions.


Space plants about 12 to 15 inches apart. This allows for their mature growth and proper air circulation, vital for the health of their tall spikes.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Kobold Gayfeather is in the spring or early fall, allowing the roots to establish before extreme weather.

How to Plant

Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Place the plant in the hole, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly.

Ensure it’s at the same depth as in the container.

Plant Care Tips


Regular watering is important, especially during dry spells. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to promote vigorous growth and abundant blooms.


Deadheading spent blooms can encourage more flowers. Cut back foliage in late fall or early winter after the plant dies back.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, clear away any dead foliage, apply mulch to retain moisture, and start regular watering as new growth appears.

Summer Care

Continue watering and deadheading throughout the summer to maintain vibrant blooms and healthy foliage.

Fall Care

After the first frost, you can cut the plant back to the ground. This helps prepare it for winter dormancy.

Winter Care

Kobold Gayfeather is dormant in winter. Apply a layer of mulch for protection, especially in colder climates.


How Tall Does Kobold Gayfeather Grow?

Kobold Gayfeather typically reaches heights of 2 to 4 feet, making it a striking addition to any garden.

Is Kobold Gayfeather Deer Resistant?

Yes, Kobold Gayfeather is generally deer-resistant, making it a good choice for gardens in deer-prone areas.

Can Kobold Gayfeather Be Divided?

Yes, Kobold Gayfeather can be divided every few years in early spring or fall to maintain vigor and control its spread.

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