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Cusp Gayfeather Liatris mucronata


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Cusp Gayfeather
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Alternate name: Narrowleaf Gayfeather

Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family

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.

Flower August - December (in south); August - September (in north).

Flower August - December (in south); August - September (in north)

Habitat Open fields and woods; calcareous uplands.

Range C. Great Plains, south to Texas and adjacent Mexico.

Discussion Liatris species attract butterflies.

Comments Tolerant of alkaline soils.

Exposure Preference Sun.

Native Distribution C. Great Plains, s. to Texas & adjacent Mexico

Site Preference Open fields & woods; calcareous uplands

Soil Preference Calcareous, rocky soils.

Wildlife Value Liatris spp. attract butterflies.