Zone Map 4-9

Growth Cycle

Growth Cycle - Warm Growth Cycle - Warm Warm
Bloom: Bloom Season Scale
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  • Native to North America
  • Notable Fall Color
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Bioretention/Rain Gardens
  • Bioswales/Vegetated swales
  • Erosion control
  • Meadow/Prairie Plantings


  • Growth rate: medium
  • Grow in 1, 2 or 3 gallon containers
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist (keep on the drier side)
  • Fertilizing: use a slow release, medium-rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: aphids, leaf spot, spidermites, spittlebugs (spidermites are common)
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly, keep dry
  • Avoid over watering and over fertilizing. Both can lead to weak and floppy plants.
  • Can be cut back; readily grows back.

*Note: please adapt these suggestions as needed to accommodate your local conditions.


  • Attractive native cultivar
  • Thrives in infertile soil
  • Requires very little maintenance
  • Outstanding metallic blue foliage
  • Soaring stems can reach 6 feet creating a strong vertical accent
  • Dramatic in mass plantings–good for highway projects, filling in large areas, or as a specimen

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