Wild Quinine - for no reason overlooked and underestimated native perennial! Again, it had to be famous landscape architect from abroad (Piet Oudolf, Holland and others, who immediately spotted it's beauty and included this perennial gem into charming garden designs (for example Lurie Garden in Chicago).
And why is it so, here the highlights :
- strictly upright growth, that doesn't flop
- unique rough structure of bigger, coarse leaves, basal leaves cover the ground. Nice grayish color or "feel" of the whole plant
- very long blooming period - woolly white flowers stay ornamental from May till August = 4 months!, and remnants even further into winter
- absolutely deer and rabbit resistant (sand paper texture and bitterness of leaves), of course tolerance to black walnuts
- very hardy - zone 4 to 8
- drought, heat and high humidity tolerance + very adaptable to soil conditions - from shallow rocky soils, to clay. Prefers full sun and medium to dry soils.
- excellent environmental support - nectar and pollen supports native pollinators (native Halictine bees, wasps, flies, beetles, and plant bugs.The fly visitors include Syrphid flies, Tachinid flies, Flesh flies, Muscid flies, Anthomyiid flies, and others. Wasp visitors include Crabronine wasps, Eumenine wasps, Cuckoo wasps, Braconid wasps, and others). Seed are eaten by little birds.
- great native herb with long history of use by Native Americans and in World War I too
- native wildflower to eastern USA, see USDA distribution map
- it will suit to your garden