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Marcus, Joseph A.
Marshallia caespitosa Nutt. ex DC.
Barbara's-buttons, Puffballs, White Barbara's-buttons
USDA Symbol: MACA7
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Barbaras buttons is an upright perennial, 8-18 in., with solitary or several, unbranched stems. Dainty balls of white, fragrant flowers are borne on slender, leafless stalks arising from a rosette of narrow leaves.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
8-18 inches tall. Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
, TX Native Distribution: KS
to AR, LA
& TX Native Habitat:
Variety of sandy or calcareous sites. Found in the eastern half of Texas west to Taylor, Val Verde, and DeWitt counties. Well-drained sand, loam, clay, or limestone.
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Sandy or calcareous soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Limestone-based, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay Conditions Comments:
Barbaras-buttons is an upright perennial
or several, unbranched stems. Dainty balls of white, fragrant flowers are borne on slender, leafless stalks arising from a rosette
of narrow leaves.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial
garden, Rocky hillside, Rock gardens, Aromatic Use Wildlife:
Rabbits will eat the plant. Conspicuous Flowers:
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0057
Collected May 18, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-GV-2
Collected 2009-06-13 in Lampasas County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-11
Research By: TWC Staff