Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) From herbaceous stem cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
I planted the rhizomes last spring. They did so well, and the remarks from neighbors were strong and wonderful. I left the plant during winter and cut them back this spring. They are responding quickly to the trim and looking healthy. Look forward to the blooms and it should be by next month.
On Apr 5, 2011, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
The best Monarch Butterfly nectar flower in our yarden. Amazingly the Monarchs hone in from all over the neighborhood on this particular liatris, even with just a few set out in the yard. (And we have about five different kinds of liatris growing here.) Native to the prairie states, this liatris likes a sunny, dryish well-drained site and plant it out of the way of rabbits and deer too. I collect the seeds in late autumn (which the birds also like) to start more by 'wintersowing' later in the season. Once very rare on the market, I am glad to see more mail order nurseries carrying the ligulistylis cultivar. I got my first little plants from 'Prairie Moon' listed in Garden Watch Dog.
On Aug 7, 2009, maryleek from North Little Rock, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:
After becoming acquainted with this plant, I wouldn't want to be without it in my garden. It takes up little ground space but produces lovely, unusual blooms that drive butterflies crazy.
It is easy to care for once established and in my z7b area, no pests have bothered the plants. It blooms mid to late summer for me. The flower spikes are so pretty, even before they bloom, displaying purple scalloped edges on the ripening flower buds prior to opening. Just a great all around plant and it comes back each year, producing a larger number of flower spikes with each successive season.
On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
Liatris in general need more water than I originally thought when grown in Sparks, Nevada. Now that I have that figured out, they grow beautifully. I like the more ragged heads of Liatris ligustylis better than L. pycnostachya.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Houston, Alabama North Little Rock, Arkansas Cordele, Georgia Rock Falls, Illinois Hebron, Kentucky Minneapolis, Minnesota Aurora, Nebraska Beatrice, Nebraska Kearney, Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska (2 reports) Sparks, Nevada Glen Park, New York Holly Springs, North Carolina Carlisle, Ohio Cherry Grove, Ohio Harrah, Oklahoma Bend, Oregon Lebanon, Pennsylvania Whitehall, Pennsylvania Kalama, Washington Appleton, Wisconsin