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Marshallia caespitosa Nutt. ex DC.
Barbara's-buttons, Puffballs, White Barbara's-buttons, Barbara's Buttons
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: MACA7
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Barbaras Buttons is an upright perennial, usually 8-20 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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall, often shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: 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.
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: Barbara's-buttons is an upright perennial 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.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial garden, Rocky hillside, Rock gardens, Aromatic
Use Wildlife: Rabbits will eat the plant.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0057 Collected May 18, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-GV-2 Collected 2005-06-12 in Lampasas County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
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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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Marshallia caespitosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Marshallia caespitosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-29
Research By: TWC Staff