Liatris ligulistylis
Liatris ligulistylis

Liatris ligulistylis

SKU: F32947
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Common Name: Blazing Star, Gayfeather
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/9W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jul-Sep
Mature Height: 3-5' Spacing: 12-18"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Deer Resistance: Yes
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In our gardens, Liatris ligulistylis is a butterfly magnet during its long run of summer bloom (July to September) and a feeding station for goldfinches come fall. Our human visitors appreciate the tall (3–5′) wands of brilliant rosy purple flowers that open from densely packed crimson buds.

A North American genus consisting of about 20 species. Perfect with Echinacea and Monarda. Liatris is excellent for cutting, superb for drying, and beautiful in the border, where it looks best planted in groups. It is also a strong favorite with many butterflies. Plants offered thrive in full sun or partial shade and well-drained, even dry, soil, but they struggle in the desert Southwest.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Average Customer Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (8 Reviews) Write a Review

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Monarch magnet for sure

These are tricky to grow, even for advanced gardeners, if you aren't in their native climate. I've lost many of these plants but I keep trying. The best success is planted with the crown higher and then soil mounded up around. They like well draining organically rich soil. If they stay wet for over a few days in winter they will die. They grow up to 36" the second year and then taller the 3rd year. As soon as the first bloom started to open I had Monarchs come out of nowhere to get this plant. The first year some of the weaker flower stalks fell over into the dirt and the monarchs hounded those too. The strappy foliage looks nice and the bloom stalks are such a vivid purple that I will keep trying this plant. I wish it was more widely available.

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Great for Monarchs and Goldfinches

This is such a great plant for monarchs, honey and bumble bees and finches. My 1 plant is many years old and still growing strong, it's located in 3/4 sunny area next to walkway and driveway, The tall purple stalks look great with pink cone flowers and small birdbath.

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Tried several. All died.

These are beautiful plants, but unfortunately they do not last. I tried several in different locations over a few seasons - with optimal soil, water, and sun conditions - and they died out and never returned the following year.

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Best for Monarchs

This is the single best plant for attracting Monarchs. You will not be disappointed if you plant this. They do need to be staked, because if they like their location they will easily grow 6'. Goldfinches like their seeds.

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The plant died

I planted the plant as soon as it arrived, but I have not seen it this year.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: lye-ay'-triss   

Plant in well-drained, even dry, soil. Liatris spicata 'Kobold' also tolerates damp soil in summer (it will rot in soil that remains wet through the winter). It is often difficult to tell top from bottom on Liatris corms; when in doubt, plant them on their sides. Remove spent flower spikes to prevent the appearance of unwanted seedlings.


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