Nativar with light blue-violet flowers, vertical structure and nice foliage arranged in whorls.
Clump perennial, 4-5' tall x 2' wide, long-lived perennial that usually takes it's time to establish in the garden (up to several years). Blooms July to August
Full sun, half shade. Medium moist to slightly wet soils. In half shade may lean towards the light, can flop in too much shade. Adaptable to many soil types and pH (acidic, alkaline, chalky, clay, loam, fertile soil, neutral, sandy soils). Tolerates only shorter time of droughts.
Hardy in zones 3 to 8
Deer and rabbit resistant, black walnut tolerant. Attracts native bees, honeybees and some butterflies.
The wild form of Veronicastrum virginicum is native to central and eastern part of USA in states from Maine to North Dakota and south to the Florida. Native wildflower in Canada too. Indigenous to moist to mesic black soil prairies, sand prairies, openings and edges of woodlands, thickets, savannas, and swampy meadows along rivers and ditches. Preferably on undisturbed areas.
Provides a strong accent and good vertical height for borders, cottage gardens, pollinator gardens, rain gardens, wild gardens, tall grass prairie gardens. The best as a background plant with plant companions like Agastache, Echinacea purpurea, Eupatorium fistulosum, Helenium, Helianthus, Heliopsis helianthoides, Ligularia, Monarda, Phlox paniculata and hybrids, Rudbeckia ( R. fulgida, R. maxima, R. laciniata), Sanquisorba canadensis,Thalictrum, Vernonia and grasses like Andropogon gerardii, Panicum virgatum.
And non-native perennials like Alchemilla mollis, Anemone x hupehensis, Bergenia, Echinacea purpurea, hardy Geraniums, Chelone, Iris (iris for average to moist soil), Leucanthemum x superbum, Persicaria amplexicaulis, Sanquisorba, Sedum telephium, Thalictrum or non-native grasses Pennisetum alopecuroides and Molinia ‘Transparent‘ or Molinia ‘Skyscraper‘.
Pot Size : square 3.5" x 5 deep pot
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