If there were a Best in Show competition for native wildflowers, this one would take the cake for character. Considerable deep-green toothed and lance-shaped leaves whorl in sets of five around sturdy unbranched bewhiskered purple-spotted stems. Whimsical flat-topped terminal flower clusters with feathery lavender-rose disc florets dance on top.
Blooms take the stage in mid-July and perform well into August, attracting a plethora of pollinators. Blossoms mature into soft tawny seed clusters that add unique interest to the winter landscape. Readily spreads from seed and underground rhizomes, so plant it thoughtfully if you are working in a small space.
Prefers full sun and rich moist soils. Native to eastern North America. Z4. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock immediately. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. Surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. Store plants in their packaging in a cool (35–40°) location until you are ready to plant. If it’s going to be awhile, you can pot up your perennials.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors before danger of frost has passed. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.