A regal plant that hovers above the border with long spikes of pale purple flowers in mid summer. Tall spikes provide a strong vertical accent in garden. Whorled foliage provides an interesting foil for the summer bloomers. Attracts butterflies, honeybees and bumblebees.
Tall spikes of purple flowers provide a strong vertical accent
Attractive whorled foliage is an interesting foil to the blooms
Attracts butterflies, honey bees and bumblebees
The species is endangered or threatened in some states
Adaptable to many soil types, drought tolerant once established
Found in moist prairies, woods and stream banks.
Bees collect 66 lbs of pollen per year, per hive. Pollen is the male germ cells produced by all flowering plants for fertilization. The Honeybee uses pollen as a food. Pollen is one of the richest and purest natural foods. It contains protein, enzymes, minerals and a wide array of vitamins.
Prefersmoist but well-drained soil in full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Tolerates part shade.