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Liatris punctata

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Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Liatris (ly-AT-riss) (Info)
Species: punctata (punk-TAH-tah) (Info)

Synonym:Liatris punctata var. punctata

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pink
Violet/Lavender
Purple

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive pajaritomt On Sep 26, 2008, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant grows wild in Los Alamos, NM. It is tough and drought resistant, but lovely.

Neutral darylmitchell On Jun 8, 2007, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

This plant is also native to the northern plains. I've seen it in the wild where I live in Saskatchewan.

Positive rweiler On Jun 14, 2005, rweiler from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Much better suited for the Desert Southwest than Spicata...

Positive melody On Feb 13, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A great plant for dry, open places. Does well in sandy soil.

Several stems bearing narrow, crowdwd heads of rose-lavender disc flaowers in slender elongated clusters.

Positive LilyLover_UT On Feb 2, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a good xeriscape plant with purple spikes of flowers that attract butterflies. It provides a nice vertical accent in the garden.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chandler, Arizona
Martinez, California
West Palm Beach, Florida
Springfield, Illinois
Corvallis, Montana
Lincoln, Nebraska
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Bend, Oregon
Boerne, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Granger, Texas
Kalama, Washington



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