Liatris aestivalis G.L. Nesom & R. O'Kennon
Summer gayfeather, Summer blazing star, Summer liatris
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: LIAE3
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Tuberous
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Apex: Acute
Leaf Texture: Leathery
Size Notes: Flowering spikes 20-65cm.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Earlier than most Liatris species, flowering begins in mid-July and continues until late August or sometimes into early September.
DistributionUSA: OK , TX
Native Distribution: Known native range limited to north-central Texas and south-central Oklahoma.
Native Habitat: Blackland prairies, pine-oak woodlands and oak-juniper woodlands. One population grows in sandy soils.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Grows in thin soils on limestone outcrops.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Potentially useful in landscapes, though small native populations should preclude wild collecting.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Liatris aestivalis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Liatris aestivalis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Liatris aestivalis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-09-24
Research By: JAM