Liatris ligulistylis, Meadow Blazing Star

Liatris bloom from the top down -this is the uppermost flowers.

Liatris liguistylis flowers can have branch-like flower stalks.

Liatris ligulistylis, Meadow Blazing Star, is a medium-tall Liatris species well-suited to gardens. Of all the Liatris species, it is the most adaptable to varied soil moisture and, due to its height, is great at attracting butterflies. Below is a list of the four Liatris I grow, each with its own soil moisture requirements. For dry soils, and similar height, consider Liatris aspera, for moist soils, try Liatris pycnostachya.

  • Liatris pycnostachya, Prairie Blazing Star for moist soils
  • Liatris aspera, Rough Blazing Star for dry soils
  • Liatris ligulistylis, Meadow Blazing Star for medium soils
  • Liatris punctata, Dotted Blazing Star for sandy dry soils 

Blooms: magenta-pink, August into September

Height: 3 to 5 feet

Conditions: sun to pt sun, moist-medium to medium-dry soils