Marcus, Joseph A.
Liatris mucronata DC.
Cusp gayfeather, Gayfeather, Blazing star, Narrow-leaf gayfeather, Texas gayfeather, Cusp blazing star
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Deciduous Flower:
Flowers in 4 inch spires Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
AR , KS , MO , OK , TX Native Distribution:
C. Great Plains, s. to TX & adjacent Mex. Native Habitat:
Open fields & woods; calcareous uplands USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater 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.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial
garden, Rocky hillside, Rock gardens Use Wildlife:
Liatris spp. attract butterflies. Conspicuous Flowers: