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Liatris ligulistylis (Rocky mountain blazing star)
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Liatris ligulistylis

Liatris ligulistylis (A. Nelson) K. Schum.

Rocky Mountain Blazing Star, Rocky Mountain Gayfeather, Rocky Mountain Liatris, Meadow Blazing Star, Meadow Gayfeather, Meadow Liatris

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Lacinaria ligulistylis


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: CO , CT , IA , IL , MN , MT , ND , NM , SD , WI , WY
Canada: AB , MB , SK

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Liatris ligulistylis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Liatris ligulistylis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Liatris ligulistylis


Record Modified: 2022-12-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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