Liatris punctata var. mucronata
Liatris punctata Hook. var. mucronata (DC.) B.L. Turner
Texas Gayfeather, Texas Blazing Star, Texas Liatris, Cusp Liatris, Cusp Blazing Star, Cusp Gayfeather, Narrow-leaf Liatris, Narrow-leaf Blazing Star, Narrow-leaf Gayfeather
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Liatris mucronata
USDA Symbol: LIPUM2
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
Size Notes: One to three feet in height.
Size Class: 1-3 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
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Calcareous, rocky soils. Gravelly, Sandy, Limestone-based.
Conditions Comments: Texas Liatris 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
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
NPSOT - 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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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Liatris punctata var. mucronata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Liatris punctata var. mucronata in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2017-11-03
Research By: JAM