This long blooming perennial was named 2000 Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association. The 12″-15″ slender flower stems rise above gray-green basal foliage and bear two inch lavender blue flowers. The nectar rich flowers attract honey bees and butterflies. Pink Mist is the pink version of this flower.
Border, Mass planting, Butterfly garden
Performs best in well-drained soil amended with organic matter and requires moist soil during the growing season. Deadhead regularly during the blooming season. Plant the crown to the same depth it was growing in the container to prevent crown rot. Do not cut back the basal foliage in the fall. Remove winter damaged foliage in the spring. Divide plants every few years to promote flowering.