Liatris ligulistylus

Meadow Blazing Star

Purple Liatris ligulistylus, Liatris ligulistylus, Meadow Blazingstar

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Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylus) is a showy species from the Mid-Western prairies. Blooming in mid-summer with colorful lavender-purple flowers, it is a magnet for butterflies and bees. It is a wonderful companion for other summer blooming perennials.

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Average
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Shipping Shipping begins in early September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. More shipping info Learn More…
Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU 63745

Details

36" tall x 15" wide. Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylus) is a long grass prairie native, and a larger and showier species than Liatris punctata (native to more arid western grasslands). A robust grower at its best in fertile loam with infrequent but deep soakings once established. Meadow Blazing Star is an excellent butterfly beacon that brightens the late summer/early fall garden with its lavender-purple flower spikes. (Seed propagated.)
SKU 63745
Common Name Meadow Blazing Star
Botanical Name Liatris ligulistylus
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 36" tall
Mature Spread 15" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Native
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Growing Liatris (Gayfeather or Blazing Star)
This is a group of summer blooming native wildflowers that are easy-to-grow and provide an ample late season nectar supply for butterflies. Liatris are resistant to browsing rabbits. These perennials stay dormant later in the spring than many plants, so be patient. Because they naturally stay asleep longer into the spring, we will ship dormant plants early in the planting season. It’s ideal to plant dormant plants; don’t up-pot them for planting later in the growing season. Water in dormant plants thoroughly at planting time and water very sparingly, or not at all, until they begin to push new growth as the weather warms.

Preferred growing conditions:
  • Needs sandy/ gravelly and sandy loam type soils. Liatris unctate and L. mucronata will do fine in dry clay (I,e, clay soil in high spots, hillsides, raised beds).
  • Does best with a course textured mulch (pine needles, crushed pecan shells, small bark chips), as well as gravel when planted in a xeriscape.
  • Only requires deep but infrequent watering after the second growing season.
  • Plant in full, hot sun
  • Just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix in the planting hole is enough. Don’t plant into a rich, highly amended soil.
    • Special comments:
      • To encourage re-seeding, leave some flower spikes on the plants over the fall and winter months to disperse seeds.
        • Garden care:
        • Fertilize Liatris just once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
        • Liatris plants have long tap roots once established and should not be divided or transplanted once established.
        • Leave Liatris varieties standing over the winter and cut back to 1-2" inches above the soil in mid- to late spring when the plants begin to wake up.

    View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

    Shipping

    Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 6, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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    Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

    Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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    5.0

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris ligulistylus:

        We planted these last spring and kind of forgot about them. I assumed they were dead from neglect (they looked dead last summer, and I wasn't about to ask for a replacement from hcg on plants I neglected!). Low and behold they emerged and have done very well this year! Didn't flower the first year obviously, but they are showing awesome growth so far. Very excited to see them bloom!

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        3.0

        waiting for spring for final decision

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        from Perry Hall, Maryland

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        • Attractive
        • butterfly magnet

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        • possibly subject to rot

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris ligulistylus:

        I bought quite a few. Some thrived and some struggled. I am waiting for spring to see how many of them survive the winter. I am somewhat worried that the corms may rot. The plant is a beautiful butterfly magnet and if they survive the spring and start showing signs of spreading I will start this plant in more areas of my garden. Grade: to be determined.

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        5.0

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        from Arlington, MA

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris ligulistylus:

          This is a beautiful species of liatris that I ordered to help attract Monarchs to my Boston area garden, and sure enough, we had several Monarchs residing in our garden most of the summer. It bloomed a bit earlier than expected, and a couple of the plants got taller than expected (7 ft!)--so they made quite a statement. This plant and milkweed make the butterflies happy.

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Liatris ligulistylus:

            Planting in mind of birds and pollinators. This is an exceptional plant for attracting Monarch butterflies. Have planted milkweed about two feet away. Actually found a chrysalis on the siding of the house. Never saw the butterfly emerge, but the open, clear chrysalis told my husband and I that we helped just a little to keep these beauties alive and hopefully populating the earth.

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            USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

            To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

            • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
            • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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