This perennial native is hands down the best Monarch Butterfly nectar plant in late summer. We have counted as many as 20 Monarchs on ours in late summer when in flower. A great addition to any sunny, wet to mesic location.
Meadow Blazingstar starts to flower in early to mid August, continuing on into late September. The light purple flower clusters open from the bottom upwards on the flower spike.
The long linear leaves are also an attractive feature adding to the tall linear form.
Read a post at Native Plants Wildlife Gardens by Benjamin Vogt about this Liatris.
Meadow Blazingstar is native to the midwestern States and Provinces. See map below.
|Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP).|
2011. North American Plant Atlas. Chapel Hill, N.C.