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Liatris ligulistylis

Liatris ligulistylis
meadow blazing star
Liatris ligulistylis
It's hard to dislike a plant that attracts monarchs in droves

Common name meadow blazing star
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers purple (Aug-Sep)
Size 3-5'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed give about two months cold, then germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly October

Prairie wildflower, attractive to butterflies - not the most refined of garden plants, but worth it for its narrowly upright habit and pretty buds just before they open, as well as the flowers, which aren't clustered at tightly on the flower stalk as they are on the more common Liatris spicata, but instead have a bit of a groomed-poodle look. Blooms later than L. spicata, on a much taller plant. I liked the look of the budding plant before the flowers opened as much as the plant in full bloom. Plants may be prone to flopping in a late-summer storm - a little staking may be helpful. That's hypothetical, of course - I'm too lazy to stake anything, so flopped-over plants are a common appearance in our garden.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS/MAG '02/'03 exchange. Baggy 35F (7w) - 70F (90%G, 12-26d)
  2. Seed from '04 garden. Pot outside in November. 13 seedlings in spring
  3. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 35F (9w) - 70F (55%G, 3-6d)
  4. Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 35F (13w) - 70F (95%G, 2-12d)
  5. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 35F (13w) - 70F (40%G, 5-19d)

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