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Liatris punctata var. mexicana (Mexican blazing star)
Anderson, Wynn

Liatris punctata var. mexicana

Liatris punctata Hook. var. mexicana Gaiser

Mexican Blazing Star, Mexican Gayfeather, Mexican Liatris, Purples

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
Size Notes: 50-85 cm. in height.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
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: 2023-04-05
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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