A graceful and long-lived native plant with very fine foliage. Clusters of steel blue flowers bloom in May and June on a full, upright plant. Excellent golden fall color. Thrives in full sun or part shade. No insect or pest problems. Found in Arkansas in 1942 by Leslie Hubricht. The Perennial Plant Association's 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year™.
Cool blue spring flowers attract butterflies
Deer tend to leave this plant alone
Extraordinary golden fall color
Low maintenance, easy to grow perennial
2011 Perennial Plant of the Year
In its native habitat, plants occur on rocky outcrops and dry creek banks.
Butterflies are known for their completely liquid diets, whether they are sampling nectar from all sorts of different flowers, or they are using their long 'straw' to drink up water out of shallow ponds.
Prefers full sun in moist, average or dry soil. Slow to grow at first, but takes off in the second year. Fall color is the brightest in full sun. Use in borders, rock gardens, native gardens, cottage gardens or open woodland areas. Best when massed.