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Liatris ligulistylis, or coastal blazing star, is a member of the Asteraceae family. Commonly called blue flags, these striking flowers have dramatic petal margins that have a blue star at their center and are often suffused with a bright metallic luster.The ultimate Monarch butterfly magnet! Seriously - plant it and they will come: watch the VIDEO! The beautiful purple blossoms of this Liatris should be your first choice for attracting Monarch and other butterflies to sunny, medium-soil sites in late summer. It's not uncommon to see dozens of Monarchs nectaring on a stand of Meadow Blazing Star. It blooms primarily in August, just when the Monarchs are preparing for their long migration south; a synchronization that has evolved over hundreds of years, and a good example of how native plants and pollinators are deeply dependent on one another.
I bought several liatris Ligulistylis plants in the spring (not from Prairie Moon) two years ago to put in my school Waystation. They stayed so small I thought they were a bust and forgot all about them. The next year I saw the little sprouts come up and I knew exactly what they were. My garden partner all most weeded them out. They put up the most beautiful sprays of flowers last fall and were covered with monarchs! I was so excited that I bought half a dozen more from Prairie Moon as bulbs. I couldn’t believe what a beautiful size they were and I am sure that they will bloom this year. I see them coming up already. when I put my order in the kind man on the phone encouraged me to buy some seeds as well so I did.I cold stratified them in sand in my fridge (they send explicit directions, and so many of them have sprouted! I am hoping to have many plants by the end of summer to pass along to friends and neighbors to enjoy.
I highly recommend Prairie Moon, great company to deal with. I also want to thank you Tony for all the good work you do spreading the word to help the butterflies! I have followed your blog for several years now and always find helpful information. The best was about starting the Asclepius Tuberosa milkweed seeds in water without cold stratification. Unbelievable! Works like a charm in 3 days.!!I bought Liatris Ligulistylis two years ago. Was disappointed they didn’t bloom the first year and didn’t realize that it was normal until after I bought the plants. Last year I only had about 3 plants out of 8 that survived so not much to offer the butterflies plus the fact they didn’t seem to grow well last year. Not sure if I’ll have any this year or not. Could it be that they were planted in a flower bed under black walnut trees was why they didn’t do well? (Source: monarchbutterflygarden.net)