Superior native, nearly unknown in horticulture, underutilized perennial with late summer blooming and good deer and rabbit resistance!
But is already recognized by the best garden designers and can be seen for example in the Lurie Garden in Chicago.
Usually grows to 4-5' of height x 1.5-2' of width, ornamental compound leaves stay mostly at the ground. Upright sturdy stems bear clusters of white spikes (flowers) in late summer to early fall (August to Octobers).
Blooms for fairly long period of time for over 1 month (up to 2 months in cooler areas).
Full sun is the best, half shade (leans towards the sun in half shade a bit). Average garden soil enriched with some organic matter, moderately rich, loamy, clayish, adaptable.
This plant likes moisture, but it grows well in common garden conditions with average moisture - medium-moist, moist to slightly wet soil.
Naturally occurs and prefers moist soil in or close to swamps, bogs, peat bogs, banks, meadows, river banks, coastal plains, but not always (which describes some adaptability).
Deer and rabbits tend to avoid it. Important late source of food for native bees, honeybees, and some butterflies.
Hardy in zones 3 to 8.
Native to eastern USA, Midwest, east coast (and northwest too), see the BONAP distribution map.
Excellent perennial for perennial border, rain garden, water garden or pollinator or butterfly garden. Best perennia companions are medium to taller plants with similar needs like Actaea (syn. Cimicifuga), Agastache foeniculum and hybrids (like 'Blue Fortune', Agastache 'Black Adder'), Alchemilla mollis, Amsonia, Anemone hupehensis, Aster novae-angliae, Echinacea purpurea hybrids, Eupatorium, Chelone, taller hardy Geraniums, Heliopsis, Helianthus, Hemerocallis (daylily), Iris sibirica, Iris pseudata, Iris x louisiana, Liatris spicata, Monarda hybrids, Nepeta subsessilis, Persicaria amplexicaulis, Persicaria polymorpha, Physostegia, tall Phlox (Phlox maculata, Phlox paniculata and hybrids), Rudbeckia fulgida, Rudbeckia laciniata, Rudbeckia triloba, Senna, Solidago, Stachys officinalis hybrids ('Pink Cotton Candy' , 'Summer Romance', Summer Crush'), Tradescantia, Vernonia, taller Veronica hybrids, Veronicastrum,...and many common ornamental grasses like Andropogon, Calamagrostis, Panicum, Pennisetum,...
Pot size : square 3.5" x 5" deep pot
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