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Liatris aestivalis G.L. Nesom & R. O'Kennon
USDA Symbol: LIAE3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Root Type:
Tuberous Leaf Retention: Deciduous Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape:
Linear Leaf Margin: Entire Leaf Apex: Acute Leaf Texture:
Leathery Inflorescence: Spike Size Notes:
Flowering spikes 20-65cm. Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
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.
, TX Native Distribution:
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.
Potentially useful in landscapes, though small native
populations should preclude wild collecting. Conspicuous Flowers:
Record Last Modified: 2009-03-07
Research By: JAM