Liatris ligulistylis - Meadow Blazing Star
Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis) is a sturdy perennial with a reddish central stem from a rounded woody underground corm. Its narrow leaves are grass-like and become progressively smaller further up its stem. Its one inch button-like purple flowerheads erupt into spikey inflorescences held on short stalks, unlike the very similar species Rough Blazing Star which flowerheads are stalkless. This Liatris is the ultimate nectar plant for attracting Monarch butterflies, and it is common to see dozens on one plant.
Soil Moisture: Moderate, Wet
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 3' - 5'
Spread: 1' - 2'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: August, September
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators
LIATRIS (BLAZING STAR):
Liatris or Blazing Star is a genus of about 50 flowering plant species native to North America. They are perennials, and most Liatris species survive winters by resprouting shoots from underground corms. They have unique flowering heads that consist of tiny star-like blossoms densely packed around a long upright "bottle-brush" spire. The flowers are typically bright purple, but there are some species that are pink or white. Its narrow, grass-like foliage forms in a basal clump, and can turn a bronze color in the fall.
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