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Liatris mucronata

Cusp gayfeather, Cusp blazing star, Cusp liatris, Narrow-leaf gayfeather, Narrow-leaf blazing star, Narrow-leaf liatris, Texas gayfeather, Texas blazing star, Texas liatris

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Liatris mucronata (Cusp gayfeather)
Marcus, Joseph A.
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.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Flower: Flowers in 4 inch spires
Size Class: 3-6 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
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Calcareous, rocky soils. Gravelly, Sandy, Limestone-based
Conditions Comments: Narrowleaf gayfeather 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
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal

Last Update: 2014-09-24