A few years ago, I purchased my first Liatris ligulistylis on the recommendation of the Native Plant Specialists from Pizzo Nursery. I was told it was the Ultimate Monarch Magnet. The very next summer, I raised my first Monarch, and truth be told, when I released him, he flew directly to this native Liatris. No kidding! Mother nature is so miraculous, the first flower bloomed the very day my Monarch was ready for that sweet nectar. From that day forward, I had multiple Monarchs flittering around my garden all summer long. Last year we had a very wet spring, and to my dismay, the Liatris died off just as it was blooming, and it was a really sad year for the Monarch, so this year I couldn't miss the opportunity to purchase more Liatris from Pizzo at the ILCA Summer Days Event. They only had Liatris aspera, which is another favorite of the Monarch, so I happily purchased a dozen. On my way to the car with the plants, out of nowhere comes the first visitor, just as Jack Pizzo walked up, yes, this is true! The next day when I took the plants out of my car, guess what happened? You got it! A beautiful Monarch flew right over and rested on the flower. Can't help but love Mother Nature and her antics!