Round-headed Blazing Star, Meadow Blazing Star, Rocky Mountain Blazing Star, Showy Blazing-Star

Liatris ligulistylis

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Liatris (ly-AT-riss) (Info)
Species: ligulistylis (lig-yoo-lis-STY-lis) (Info)
Synonym:Lacinaria ligulistylis
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Houston, Alabama

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Fort Collins, Colorado

Cordele, Georgia

Rock Falls, Illinois

Iowa City, Iowa

Pacific Junction, Iowa

Hebron, Kentucky

Nashville, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aurora, Nebraska

Beatrice, Nebraska

Kearney, Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska(2 reports)

Sparks, Nevada

Watertown, New York

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Franklin, Ohio

Harrah, Oklahoma

Bend, Oregon

Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Whitehall, Pennsylvania

Collierville, Tennessee

Kalama, Washington

Appleton, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 30, 2021, JennysGarden_TN from Collierville, TN wrote:

It is blooming now in my garden. I like that this cultivar is not so top heavy. Love this butterfly magnet!


On Dec 23, 2016, JBtheExplorer from Southeast, WI wrote:

I added a stalk in May and it bloomed in Summer. Monarchs were on it nearly every day. I can't imagine how many Monarchs it'll attract when I have more than one stalk! It's an awesome plants and it can fit almost anywhere.


On Jan 19, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Thomas G. Barnes of U of Kentucky says that this species attracts Monarchs through a specific odor.

Prefers dry to medium moisture. Native range extends into the Great Plains.


On Jan 10, 2016, dduff from Fort Collins, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Big blooms for Liatris. I agree that it's more attractive than other Liatris. It's also super popular with the Monarchs. I can't emphasize that enough.

Pros: Monarchs! Attractive seed heads (though they don't last long). Lovely flowers that last a while. The stems seem strong and did well in our winds.

Cons: The rabbits here really like it. The plant isn't that attractive outside of blooming and the seed-heads.


On May 7, 2013, Bellababy from Bend, OR wrote:

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 Nov 11, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Compare to other blazing star species around here in Minnesota, this species sure attracts more butterflies!


On Aug 16, 2009, Mrs_Ed from Whiteside County, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

An Illinois native and butterfly magnet. So happy I added it to the garden.


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 Aug 10, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

I've been growing it for close to a decade and wouldn't be without it. The Butterflies love to sit and snack.


On Mar 25, 2007, jenireed from Appleton, WI wrote:

Attracts monarch butterflies. Is so much more beautiful than the liatris gayfeather.


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.