Meadow blazing star
Botanical Name: Liatris ligulistylis
Plant Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Description: There are a variety of species of Blazing Star, all feature grass-like foliage with tall spikes of flowers ranging from red to purple. These flower spikes are so showy they are often used by florists for cut flower arrangements. They are especially attractive to butterflies who are frequent visitors, as are hummingbirds and native bees. Meadow blazing star features a more compact habit than other species growing only 1’ to 3’ with dense tufted flower spikes atop grass-like foliage, making it an attractive addition to perennial borders in the home landscape.
Growing Conditions: Sun to part shade. Does well in dry, rocky soils and is drought resistant once established.
Bloom Time: July-September
Bloom Color: Pink, purple
Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: Attractive to a variety of bees, butterflies, and birds.
Native Status: PA Native
Location in habitat: Pollinator Demonstration Garden
Aee also: dense blazing star