Shorter and more compact version of spiked blazing star, suitable for smaller or medium-sized gardens. Doesn't need staking.
This is seed strain, so somewhat variable in look. Usually 2'+ tall x 0.5'-1' wide. Narrow leaves gradually decrease in size and length towards to top and continue in 10" long spikes of purple flowers.
Attracst bumblebees, long-horned bees, leaf-cutting bees, butterflies, and skippers.
Flower in July to August, fluffy seeds follow and stay on the stems till early winter.
The species (wildflower) is native to to eastern part of USA and Canada.
Hardy in zones 3 to 8. Full sun, adaptable - average soils, medium-dry, medium moist, wet-moist soil. Clay tolerant perennial.
Unfortunately, this perennial and especially the young shoots, are often tasty snack for deer, rabbit and corms can be eaten by voles, so if overpopulated, this plant can be difficult to establish.
Other common names include blazing star, dense blazing star or marsh blazing star or gayfeather.
Looks very good in conventional flower beds, cottage gardens, naturalistic plantings or prairie plantings.
Brings wonderful verticals into plantings and can be combined with many common perennials like daylilies (Hemerocallis), Echinacea, Heliopsis, Rudbeckia, Monarda, or grasses or annuals like zinnias.
Picture copyright : US Perennials nursery
Pot size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot