Liatris spicata

Common name: Marsh Blazing Star

Native plant

Liatris spicata is one of the more common Liatris species in the trade, commonly sold as "Kolbold". The straight species losses nothing in its beauty, but it is somewhat taller. Happiest on moist sites and drainages, it adapts very nicely to garden soils and grows to fill open space around itself. Can seed in good soil, but I'm not sure many gardeners will mind. Pollinators of all sizes love visiting this plant.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Yards that Flood


Prairie Grasslands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot Rain garden suited

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