July through August
18 to 24 in.
12 to 18 in.
eastern and southeastern United States
USDA zones 3-9
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Kobold blazing star is a perennial flower that has long-lasting spikes of pinkish-purple flowers in late summer. It is known for its strong stems that hold the flower spikes. Several upright stalks arise from the central crown. The leaves are a compact mound of narrow, blade-like green leaves.
Kobold blazing star is a great choice for adding late-season color to Colorado Springs landscapes.
Kobold gayfeather has been an attractive perennial flower at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. Its showy flowers bloom for a long period. It is also very resilient to Colorado Springs weather.
Cut down the old leaves in early spring before new growth starts. The flower spikes may be cut to the lower set of leaves when the blooms are finished flowering, if desired.