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Lygodesmia texana

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lygodesmia (ly-goh-DES-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: texana (tek-SAY-nuh) (Info)

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)
over 9.1 (very alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LindaTX8 On Jun 29, 2007, LindaTX8 from NE Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This native plant grows in sunny relatively dry areas of Texas. Most of the growing or blooming season it is pretty much leafless. The flowers are pretty and it is a popular nectar plant for butterflies. It tolerate poor rocky soils and infrequent rainfall during the drier parts of the year.

Neutral htop On May 26, 2004, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a native Texas wildflower which is also known as purple dandelion, milk pink and flowering straw. I could not locate any information on it's hardiness zones, but it grows in the western 2/3 of Texas. It does not grow in north east Texas, but does grow from Beaumont southward along the coastal region. It is interesting because by the time the buds form, the basal leaves wither and die and the upper leaves are just scales. The plant looks as though something has eaten all of the leaves.

The 1.5 to 2 inch strikingly beautiful blooms may be lavender, pale blue or rose. The tips of the petals are squarish and have 3-5 small lobes. The styles are very erect and are striped with deep lavender or purple. Only one head opens at a time and the bloom does not last very long. It blooms for a long period of time and makes an excellent plant for a native plant area and/or a xeriscape area. Because it takes very little water, it should not be overwatered. Bees love it and butterflies use it as a source of nectar.

It contains a milky sap and may have toxic levels of nitrates.

I have not grown this plant in my yard, but have seen it in its natural settings so I rate it a neutral.


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

Arlington, Texas
Dripping Springs, Texas
Helotes, Texas
Lampasas, Texas
Midland, Texas
Plano, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas

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