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          Liatris punctata var. mucronata (Texas gayfeather)
          Marcus, Joseph A.

          Liatris punctata var. mucronata

          Liatris punctata Hook. var. mucronata (DC.) B.L. Turner

          Texas Gayfeather, Texas Blazing Star, Texas Liatris, Cusp Liatris, Cusp Blazing Star, Cusp Gayfeather, Narrow-leaf Liatris, Narrow-leaf Blazing Star, Narrow-leaf Gayfeather

          Asteraceae (Aster Family)

          Synonym(s): Liatris mucronata

          USDA Symbol: LIPUM2

          USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

          This perennialís stiff, upright, unbranched stems, 1-3 ft. tall, grow in wide-spreading clumps. The tufted, purple flowers are densely congested in a long spike on the upper part of the stem. The leaves are narrow and crowded, becoming progressively smaller upward.

          Liatris species attract butterflies.


          From the Image Gallery

          51 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

          Plant Characteristics

          Duration: Perennial
          Habit: Herb
          Leaf Retention: Deciduous
          Size Notes: One to three feet in height.
          Size Class: 1-3 ft.

          Bloom Information

          Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
          Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


          USA: AR , KS , MO , OK , TX
          Native Distribution: C. Great Plains, s. to TX & adjacent Mex.
          Native Habitat: Open fields & woods; calcareous uplands.

          Growing Conditions

          Water Use: Low
          Light Requirement: Sun
          Soil Moisture: Dry
          CaCO3 Tolerance: High
          Drought Tolerance: High
          Heat Tolerant: yes
          Soil Description: Calcareous, rocky soils. Gravelly, Sandy, Limestone-based.
          Conditions Comments: Texas Liatris likes a dry to medium soil in full sun. Too much water will leads to root rot. Will self seed in a sandy soil. Tolerant of alkaline soils.


          Use Ornamental: Perennial garden, Rocky hillside, Rock gardens.
          Use Wildlife: Liatris spp. attract butterflies.
          Conspicuous Flowers: yes
          Interesting Foliage: yes
          Attracts: Butterflies
          Nectar Source: yes
          Deer Resistant: Minimal

          From the National Organizations Directory

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

          Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
          Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
          NPSOT - Native Plant Society of Texas - Fredericksburg, TX
          Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
          NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
          NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

          Herbarium Specimen(s)

          NPSOT 0041 Collected Oct. 12, 1990 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
          NPSOT 1059 Collected Sep 29, 1995 in Comal County by Mary Beth White

          2 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

          Wildflower Center Seed Bank

          LBJWC-181 Collected 2007-10-28 in Bell County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
          LBJWC-625 Collected 2007-10-30 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

          2 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


          Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
          Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
          Bibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
          Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
          Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
          Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
          Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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          Additional resources

          USDA: Find Liatris punctata var. mucronata in USDA Plants
          FNA: Find Liatris punctata var. mucronata in the Flora of North America (if available)
          Google: Search Google for Liatris punctata var. mucronata


          Record Modified: 2017-11-03
          Research By: JAM

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