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Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis)

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

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

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.

Bleeding Flower Moth (Schinia sanguinea)

Mounted Bleeding Flower Moth – Mississippi Entomological Museum, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

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

Meadow blazing star is often found in pine barrens, wood clearings, and roadsides, lakeshore ridges, and railroads.  It is native to mid-western North America.

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


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