Liatris mucronata DC.
Cusp gayfeather, Gayfeather, Blazing star, Narrow-leaf gayfeather, Texas gayfeather, Cusp blazing star
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: limu
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
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Flower: Flowers in 4 inch spires
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
DistributionUSA: AR , KS , MO , OK , TX
Native Distribution: C. Great Plains, s. to TX & adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Open fields & woods; calcareous uplands
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: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Native Plant Society of Texas - Fredericksburg, TX
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0041 Collected Oct. 12, 1990 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
NPSOT 1059 Collected Sep 29, 1995 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-625 Collected 2007-10-30 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
LBJWC-181 Collected 2007-10-28 in Bell County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1990 VOL. 7, NO.5 - Naturalistic Landscaping Takes Careful Planning, Director\'s Report, Breaking th...
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Liatris mucronata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Liatris mucronata in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2011-10-05
Research By: TWC Staff