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(Liatris ligulistylis)
Meadow Blazing Star

Host Plant: Bleeding flower moth

Nectar Plant: Monarch butterflies and other butterflies and bees

Flower Color: purple/lavender, pink, and red

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial that grows to 3 feet tall

Range in North America: midwest of North America

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Soil Requirements: medium moisture soil

Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis)

Plant of meadow blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis) in a wooded opening.
Plant of Meadow Blazing Star — Nadiatalent, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Alternative Names

Rocky Mountain Liatris, Rocky Mountain Blazing Star, Meadow Liatris, Strap-style Gayfeather, Northern Plains Blazing Star

Description of Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis)

Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis), a member of the Asteraceae (Aster Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 3 feet tall and has purple/lavender, pink to red flowers that bloom in the summer and fall.  More about meadow blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis) can be found on this blog post.

Hosted Species

Bleeding Flower Moth (Schinia sanguinea)

Bleeding flower moth on cloth.
Mounted Bleeding Flower Moth – Mississippi Entomological Museum, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Nectar Species

This plant is a nectar plant for Monarch butterflies, other butterflies, and bees. It also attracts hummingbirds.


Meadow blazing star grows in pine barrens, wood clearings, and roadsides, lakeshore ridges, and railroads.

Range of Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis) in the United States and Canada


Range map of meadow blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis) in the United States and Canada.

  This species is native to mid-western North America.

Interesting Facts

The feathery heads of the flowers give it the name of gayfeather.

Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis) Links


Missouri Botanical Garden

NC State Extension Gardener


DIY Landscape Designs

MNL at Work


Native Location

Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8


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