Meadow Blazingstar (Liatris ligulistylis) flowerhead
Meadow Blazing-star
Liatris ligulistylis
Aster family - Asteraceae

Growth habit: Upright perennial

Height: 30 - 60 cm

Spread: 30 cm

Bloom Time: July - August

Bloom Colour: Magenta pink

Light: Full sun

Moisture: Average

Soil: Any type of well-drained soil, but not heavy clay

Seeding: Best to seed these in a pot as the seedlings look like tiny blades of grass. If seeding directly into the ground, make sure to mark the area well.

Landscape uses: A wonderful brightly-coloured plant for the middle of a border. Best planted in groups. Space young plants 30 cm apart. Does self-seed, but seedlings are easy to control.

Interesting features: The flowerstalks bloom from the top down. Seed heads are attractive fluffy balls. Amazingly, these plants are not frost-hardy, so seeds planted outside won’t germinate until May and mature plants might not appear until late May.

Natural habitat: Info coming soon

Ecology: The flowers are a magnet for butterflies and other pollinating insects. Birds eat the seeds.