LIATRIS punctata (Dotted Gayfeather) is a perennial flowering plant native to North America. Dotted Gayfeather is a perennial plant, meaning it lives for multiple years. It belongs to the Asteraceae family, which includes daisies and sunflowers.
This plant typically forms clumps of grass-like foliage with several flowering stems arising from the base. The stems can reach a height of about 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm). At the top of each stem, distinctive flowerheads are formed. The individual flowerheads are small and densely packed with tubular florets that are usually pale pink or lavender in color. The most notable feature of Dotted Gayfeather is the presence of purple or dark purple dots on the individual flowers, giving it its common name "Dotted Gayfeather."
The flower typically blooms from mid-summer to early fall, generally between July and September. The flowering period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions.
Dotted Gayfeather thrives in full sun, although it can tolerate some light shade. It prefers well-draining soil and is well-suited to prairies, meadows, and open woodlands. It can tolerate various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. It is known to be drought-tolerant once established.
Dotted Gayfeather is usually grown from seeds or obtained as container-grown plants from nurseries. It can be planted in the spring or fall, ensuring good soil contact for the seeds or transplanting the plants at the appropriate depth. Watering regularly during establishment is important, but once established, Dotted Gayfeather is generally drought-tolerant and does not require frequent watering. It is a relatively low-maintenance plant.
Dotted Gayfeather is commonly used in native plant gardens, wildflower meadows, and pollinator gardens. Its unique flowers with dotted markings add visual interest and attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Dotted Gayfeather is also suitable for cut flower arrangements, adding a touch of color and texture.
Dotted Gayfeather is a beautiful and ecologically beneficial addition to gardens, contributing to biodiversity and supporting native wildlife.
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Scientific Name: Liatris Punctata
Common Name: Dotted Gayfeather
Plant Type: Perennials
Native Range: Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri
Height: 10-16 "
Spread: 12-24 "
Zone: 6 to 9
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer(Late), Fall
Attracts: Birds and Butterflies
Flower Shape: Showy
Flower Color: Purple to Rose Pink
Resistant: Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Well-Drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Garden Uses: Beds and Borders, Rock and Gravel Gardens, Cottage Prairies