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Marshallia caespitosa var. caespitosa (Barbara's buttons)
Smith, Sandy

Marshallia caespitosa var. caespitosa

Marshallia caespitosa Nutt. ex DC. var. caespitosa

Barbara's Buttons, Puffballs

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Barbara’s 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.

Rabbits browse on this plant.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
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 Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AR , KS , LA , MO , OK , TX
Native Distribution: Kansas and Missouri to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.
Native Habitat: Variety of sandy or calcareous sites.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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