Skeleton Plant

Lygodesmia texana

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


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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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:

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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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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... read more