Showy flowers grow 12" to 24" tall and bloom with lavender blue, nectar-rich flowers in spring. The American Goldfinch and other songbirds go for the seed in summer and early fall. 'Purple Knockout' has shiny deep burgundy leaves tinged with violet.
Provides nectar for butterflies and other pollinators in spring
Hummingbirds flock to sip the nectar
Songbirds feed on seed
Shiny deep burgundy leaves
Good ground cover for moist soil
Very easy to grow
Connecticut and southeastern New York to southern Illinois and Missouri south to Texas and Florida.
Ponds are critical to the survival of frogs and other amphibians. Unfortunately, development has reduced the number of ponds and pools available for amphibians, so a backyard pond can go a long way to providing this needed habitat
Grows readily in average, medium wet to wet soils in full sun. Tolerates very light shade, but best in full sun. Tolerates heat and humidity. Self-seeds and naturalizes in optimum growing conditions. Leave seed heads for bird use.