Whorls of lavender flowers are excellent nectar sources for hummingbirds and butterflies. Host plant of Hermit Sphinx Month. The gray-green foliage is aromatic. Long summer bloom period. Showy seed heads through winter. Edible teas.
Culture: Grow in dry to medium-wet, well-drained soil. Plants need good air circulation. Deadhead flowers to prolong summer bloom.
Use: Provides color and contrast for the border, herb garden, wild garden, native plant garden, meadow or naturalized area. Rain Gardens
Native Environment: Prairie
Height: 24 to 48 inches
Spread: 18 to 24 inches
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Season of Interest: July to September
Soil Moisture: Average / Moderate
Animal Resistance: Deer Resistant
Nature Attracting: Butterfly / Hummingbird / Birds / Native Bees
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Black Walnut
Features: Ornamental Fruits / Pods / Seed Heads
Usage: Fragrant / Edible
Use Food: Leaves boiled for tea, used for seasoning, chewed raw or dried; flowers edible.
Use Medicinal: Tea made from the leaves can be used for fevers and colds. Tea made from leaves used for coughs and whooping cough, boiled leaves placed in soft cloth placed over sore eyes and pimples, tea of leaves or flowers for abdominal pain and to sooth the kidneys. Infuse as a tea to relieve nausea, flatulence, menstrual pain and insomnia. Steam inhalation for bronchial catarrh and sore throats.