Region: 1 through 10, (Ellis County is in Region 4)
Size: 1 – 3.5 feet
Blooms: August – October, Perennial
Across Texas, one species or another of Liatris will be seen along roadsides in gravelly, sandy or calcareous soils, on plains, prairies, edges, hillsides, slopes and roadsides. The stiffly upright plants grow from a corm (an underground bulb-like stem) which may produce a few to many stalks forming a clump. There are no petals, but four to eight disk flowers form flower heads that cluster densely, opening from the top of a terminal spike downward. The spikes may be twelve inches in length. Leaves are mostly narrow and in some species are six inches long near the stem’s base. They are crowded and spiral up the stem, becoming progressively smaller until they are small bracts in the flowering spike. Liatris has had many medicinal uses; as a diuretic, as a mild kidney or liver tonic. A root tea has been used for laryngitis.
Article by: Melinda Kocian