Liatris spicata 'Kobold Original'
Common name: gayfeather, blazing star, dense blazing star or marsh blazing star.
Zones 3 to 9.
Plants reach 14 inches tall and 8 to 12 inches wide;
tall, upright, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial.
Growth rate: Moderate.
Multiple spikes of bright, rosy lavender flowers open from top to bottom beginning in early summer. Narrow, opposite leaves are up to 10 inches long at the base of the plant and decrease in length up the stems. VEGETATIVE FORM is a shorter cultivar that offers uniformity in height. Stock is totally from division, not seed. Characteristics of this selection are the same as the seed strain, L. spicata 'Kobold', except that it grows only about half as tall.