Liatris spicata is native to the eastern United States, where its habitat is in damp regions, meadows, marshes and swamp edges.
Its summer flowering from July to September is both botanically curious and ornamentally attractive:
- mid-summer flowering,
- tall, compact spikes of deep purple blooms,
- unlike most flowering spikes Liatris starts blooming from the top and ends at the bottom,
- a good nectar-producing plant. The butterflies just love it!
L. spicata 'Kobold Strain' is compact, with a low clump of linear, light-green leaves topped with the flowering spikes which grow to about 40 centimetres in height.
In the garden, we combine Liatris spicata 'Kobold Strain’ with other plants that like good soil: Helenium, Rudbeckia, Kniphofia.
Grow in the sun (not scorching) in good garden soil, which is kept sufficiently damp during the growing period. Liatris spicata is a rhizomatous plant with a bulbous root (corm) which can suffer from too much damp during its winter dormancy.
Maintenance: divide the clumps at the beginning of spring every three-four years.
Synonym: Liatris callilepsis
- 0,7 litre pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 50 to 70cm
- Plant spacing: 40 cm
- Flower colour: pink
- Flowering period: summer flowers