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.
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
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.