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Texas Gayfeather

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Texas Gayfeather (Liatris punctata var. mucronata)

Description:  This perennial’s 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.

Family:  Asteraceae

Synonym(s):  Texas Liatris, Texas Blazing Star, Texas Gayfeather, Cusp Liatris, Cusp Blazing star, Cusp Gayfeather, Narrow-leaf Liatris, Narrow-leaf Blazing Star, Narrow-leaf Gayfeather, Liatris mucronata

USDA Symbol:  LIPUM2

Duration:  Perennial

Habit: Herb

Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color: Purple, Pink

Bloom Time: Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Water Use:  Low

Light Requirements:  Sun

Soil Moisture:  Dry

Bloom Notes:  Conditions Comments: Texas Liatris likes dry to medium soil in full sun. Too much water will lead to root rot. Will self-seed in sandy soil. Tolerant of alkaline soils.

Soil Description: Calcareous, rocky soils. Gravelly, Sandy, Limestone-based.

ATTRIBUTION:  All of the Texas Wildflower images in this post are copyrighted and are the exclusive property of Terry B. Kahler. Reproduction without explicit written consent is prohibited. Some of the information contained in this section was taken from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website and is being used under their terms of use. Redistribution from this site is prohibited. Additional information contained in this section was taken from the USDA website including the USDA code.

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