New England Blazing Star

By Andrew C (Savanna Blazing-star (Liatris scariosa)) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

New England Blazing Star and Native Pollinators

We've begun reintroducing New England blazing stars and other rare dry soil wildflowers on conservation land around Middlesex County. Working with the towns of Lexington, Bedford and Carlisle, we plant seedlings grown by local volunteers.

New England blazing star is a native wildflower in the aster family that used to be widespread across Massachusetts. This plant has all but disappeared from northeastern Massachusetts and is now listed under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act as a species of Special Concern.

Wildflowers like the New England blazing star provide vital forage to our native pollinators, such as bees, wasps, moths and butterflies. Blazing stars, in particular, are critical nectar plants that monarch butterflies depend upon to fuel their autumn migration to Mexico.

Many native pollinator species are on the decline due to habitat loss. By planting native wildflowers in your backyard, you can help provide habitat for both declining native wildflowers and their insect pollinators. Please contact us for ideas!

New England Blazing Star Fact Sheet