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Liatris punctata var. mexicana

Liatris punctata Hook. var. mexicana Gaiser

Mexican blazing star, Mexican gayfeather, Mexican liatris

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tuberous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Texture: Leathery
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Terminal
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: 50-85 cm. in height.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Flowers purple or rarely white. (Bibref 293).


Native Distribution: Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas.
Native Habitat: Gravelly and rocky slopes, canyon bottoms, grassy areas, mesquite, commonly over limestone. (Webref 3).

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes


Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

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Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Liatris punctata var. mexicana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Liatris punctata var. mexicana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Liatris punctata var. mexicana


Record Modified: 2014-09-24
Research By: JAM

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