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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: Native to U.S.
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
AR , KS , LA , MO , OK , 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. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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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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
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Record Modified: 2013-02-07
Research By: TWC Staff