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Liatris punctata var. mucronata (Texas Blazing Star)

Texas Gayfeather, Texas Blazing Star, Texas Liatris, Bottlebrush Blazing Star, Cusp Liatris, Cusp Blazing Star, Cusp Gayfeather, Narrow-leaf Liatris, Narrow-leaf Blazing Star, Narrow-leaf Gayfeather, Liatris mucronata


Liatris punctata var. mucronata (Texas Blazing Star) is an upright, clump-forming perennial boasting fluffy spikes densely congested with tufted, purple to rose-pink flowers. Flowering in succession from top to bottom over several weeks, the spectacular flower spikes contrast nicely with the finely textured, grassy foliage. They are a great nectar source for bees and butterflies and also provide seeds for migrating birds. This beautiful southern native provides a lovely floral display in late summer and fall. Easy to grow and low care, Texas Blazing Star adds a strong vertical accent in sunny borders, prairie or rock gardens. It tolerates alkaline soils better than most other species.

  • Grows up to 1-3 ft. tall (30-90 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). Will self seed in a sandy soil.
  • Thrives in full sun and prefers gravelly, sandy, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Tolerant of alkaline soils, drought and summer heat. Too much water will leads to root rot.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • An excellent choice for perennial borders, rock gardens or native plant gardens, prairies and meadows.
  • Cut back to 3 in. (7 cm) after the first hard freeze.
  • Native to Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Liatris
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Kansas, Missouri, Southeast, Arkansas, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Liatris
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Kansas, Missouri, Southeast, Arkansas, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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