Learn how to attract butterflies with Liatris spicata, or Blazing Star. Other pollinators will be drawn to this beautiful, summer-bloomer as well!

You are searching for beautiful, perennial plants to add to your garden that are also beneficial to pollinators.

These plants need to be low maintenance, attractive and provide on-going nectar year after year.

Well, stop right there because you have found the perfect plant!

Introducing Liatris spicata, or Blazing Star, the perfect addition to your pollinator garden!

Liatris Spicata in Spoken Garden's DIY garden minute podcast


In “Attract Monarch Butterflies with Liatris Spicata – Blazing Star” – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 84 – learn how adding the Blazing Star Liatris can attract butterflies as well as other pollinators year after year.

This episode is meant for any gardener who wants to learn how to attract monarch butterflies (or other pollinators) to their garden.


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Because you want to attract more pollinators, we’ve created a pollinator garden shopping list that might be helpful for you!


Liatris spicata is very hard to find in most nurseries and we’ve found a great online vendor for you (who we also use).

If you’re in a hurry and need to get your summer-blooming Liatris bulbs in the ground, Eden Brothers has fast shipping and a great selection.

These specific Liatris bulbs would be perfect for you! They are very low maintenance and attract all kinds of butterflies and bees!

Plus, when you get to the Eden Brothers checkout, because we are affiliates (which means we receive a small commission at no cost to you which helps us run our website and podcast), use our special coupon code “SPOKEN” for an extra 15% off your order!! 



Liatris Blazing Star Care

Each year these colorful perennials add color and a continuous supply of beneficial food sources to your landscape.

Liatris can be grown from seed or bulb, but usually, bulbs are easier.

They also come available in a mix of colors to create a bright oasis for attracting butterflies.

General Liatris plant facts:

  • It is a perennial
  • It is a corm-bulb
  • Flowers in the summer
  • Can grow anywhere from 24-48 inches high
  • Likes sun to partial shade
  • Can be directly sown
  • Grows in USDA Hardiness zones 3-9 and Sunset Zones A2, A3, 1-10, and 14-24.



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 Creating a Butterfly Garden

A pollinator garden is a garden made up of plants that flower during different seasons which provide nectar and pollen to many different insects, birds, and other animals.

To create a butterfly garden, you need to entice them with specific colorful flowers. They also need access to water, a protected habitat for nesting, shelter from weather/predators, and find safety in non-pesticide-use garden areas.

Two types of plants that butterflies need are host plants and nectar plants. And, in general, butterflies are attracted to reds, yellows, oranges, pinks, purples, etc.

Examples of host plants would be milkweed or parsley (depending on the type of butterfly).

Examples of nectar plants for butterflies are:



 Liatris spicata Planting Videos








 Liatris Bulbs For Sale

Now it’s time to pick out your own Liatris bulbs to plant this spring.

Liatris is so easy to grow! Bees and butterflies love these beautiful flowers because of their color and shape.

These specific Liatris spicata bulbs will bloom this summer and into the fall season providing tons of nectar for butterflies and other pollinators!

These bulbs come in a vibrant shade of purple but they also offer white bulbs or a mix of both colors which is what we are growing in our yard.


Or, if you need to shop for other garden plants for this summer, click the link below.

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Liatris spicata Conclusion

Liatris Blazing Star is a wonderful, low maintenance perennial for your summer garden.

Loved by butterflies and other pollinators, Liatris will continue to delight for seasons to come!

Now we want to hear from you!

What other plants do you plan to add to your landscape?

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Learn how to attract butterflies with Liatris spicata, or Blazing Star. Other pollinators will be drawn to this beautiful, summer-bloomer as well!


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Today’s Topic:

Attract Butterflies with Liatris Spicata

Learn about how Blazing Star (Liatris Spicata) can be used to attract more butterflies to your garden.


Show Notes

Free Pollinator Garden Shopping List

What You’ll Learn:

  • Quick facts about our featured plant.
  • Links to buy your own Liatris
  • Links and videos for further resources or education.


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