Large, iridescent, red-violet, flat-topped flower heads on top of tall, strong stalks from mid-summer to fall give a rich display of color. An attractive plant from head to toe, not a “weed.” Sizable plant for the back of beds and rain gardens. Dark-green, lance-shaped leaves.
Part of our Pollinator Buffet plant tag series. The longhorn bee is hyperactive in summer and named for the long antennae of the males. Many bees, butterflies, and skippers use the nectar and pollen. Foliage is food for many herbivorous insects.
Grows well in almost any soil, preferring moist and wet areas, but will survive long periods of drought. Can be pinched-back in June to reduce the flowering height.
Native Environment: Prairie
Height: 3 to 4 feet
Spread: 24 to 36 inches
Color: Red Violet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)/Late (July - frost)
Soil Moisture: Moderate/High
Wildlife Benefit: Butterfly Nectar
Animal Resistance: Deer Resistant/Rabbit Resistant
Nature Attracting: Butterfly/Beneficial Insects