Meadow Blazing Star attracts butterflies like catnip attracts cats. They stay on the plants for hours, flying around the flowers, dipping into them, chasing each other, and just generally hanging out by the vibrant purple blooms. I highly recommend it for your garden.
These Monarchs are most likely the final generation of the summer — the individuals that will fatten up on rich nectar resources from blazing star and other flowers and then begin a 2-3,000 mile journey to their overwintering sites in montane forest areas of central Mexico. Flying about 50-100 miles a day, it will take them more than two months to complete their migration. They depend on finding more nectar resources as they travel south through the American midwest, then south to Texas, and on through northern Mexico — an amazing feat of stamina and navigation in order to return to their overwintering site.
What is the scientific name for this flower, please? When I search for Meadow blazing star in the Missouri Botanical Gardens website, I get 5 or 6 possibilities, none of which is called Meadow blazing star, but most of them grow in meadows. Thanks, Wendy Williams
Wendy, I just happened to include the scientific name in the key words below the post (I don’t always do that actually). It’s Liatris ligulistylis. The common name might vary from place to place I suppose, but in the upper Midwest (MN) it’s known as meadow blazing star. Here’s a website I found helpful: https://www.prairienursery.com/meadow-blazingstar-liatris-ligulistylis.html
Thanks for asking!
Thanks, Sue! I’m sorry I missed the answer in your key words. Love your posts.
Thanks, I’m glad you enjoy the posts. Are you looking for a source to get some of these plants? If you do plant it in your garden, don’t overwater it like I did! It’s a very drought tolerant plant.
Wow.We have them in our little garden. However they have stopped flowering now.
My plants are about half way through flowering – still have a lot of blossoms on the bottom of the stems that hopefully will last the monarch BFs until they leave.
That is amazing, Sue. I consider myself lucky when I spot one or two Monarchs, but you have a whole field of them. Wow! They sure seem to like that Meadow Blazing Star plant.