Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis)

Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis)

The Monarch Magnet and must-have for landscapes. Attracts swarms of monarch butterflies during their August and September migration. Gets more comments, oohs-and-ahhs than any other flower. A visual reminder while that many plants are said to attract butterflies and pollinators, some are on a whole different level! Needs medium soil moisture, so mulch it well or add it to a rain garden.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Medium-Wet, Medium-Dry
Height:    5 feet
Blooms:    Aug, Sept
Color:    Pink, Purple
Spacing:    1-2′
Zones:    3-7
Benefits:    Butterflies, Pollinators, Birds, Hummingbirds

Design Tips

Truly incredible in large masses, especially with all the monarch butterflies it attracts. Looks great with short grasses and sedges interplanted within the mass of Blazing Stars.

Companion Plants

Marsh Milkweed
Orange Coneflower
Prairie Dropseed
Fox Sedge