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Verbena hastata (Blue Vervain)

This tall, clump-forming perennial features multi-branched hairy stems each topped with a spire that blooms to reveal tiny purple flowers. The foliage is comprised of sharply serrated lanceolate green leaves. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer
2-4 ft tall x 1-2.5 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

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Zone Zone 3
Exposure Full Sun
Moisture Moderate to Consistent Moisture
Native to Native

Tiny dark blue and off-white star-shaped flowers hold a yellow centre. Narrow green hairy leaves make a thick foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer to early fall
2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer resistant
Attracts butterflies
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Moderate salt tolerance

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(Prairie Pillars™ Collection) Yellow flowers with an orange/brown centre bloom on tall stems with bright green foliage. Rapid growth rate.

Use as cut or dried flowers. Be sure to keep some flowers in the garden over winter, as the blackened seedheads provide cold-season garden interest, as well as food for finches and other winter birds.

Blooms early to late summer
1.5-2.5 ft tall x 2-2.5 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant

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(Mariachi™ Series) Vibrant red flowers rimmed in golden-yellow with brick-red centres bloom on upright densely branched stems above a compact mound of bright green foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer to early fall
1-1.5 ft tall x 1.5 ft spread
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant

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(Popsicle™ Series) This interesting perennial features bright green spears bearing tiny, drooping, tubular golden yellow flowers that rise atop foliage of strap-shaped basal leaves. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early summer to early fall
1.5 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft spread
HARDY to -10°F (-23.3°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant
Rebloomer

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(Early Start™ Series) This perennial features bright fuchsia flowers, along with foliage of broad, elliptical medium green leaves that grow in a stoloniferous habit. Blooms earlier than other Phlox. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early-to-late summer
1-1.5 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Long blooming

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Green globe-like spikelets are held on upright stems atop green grass like foliage.

Blooms early summer to fall
4-5 ft tall x 4-5 ft wide

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This perennial features short, compact panicles of large dusty plum-purple flowers that bloom from foliage of a low-growing rosette of green glaucous ruffled leaves. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer
1 ft tall x 1 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

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This tall, clump-forming perennial features tall leafy stems crowned with royal purple flowers and foliage of serrated, lanceolate, dark green leaves. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer to early fall
3-5 ft tall x 2-4 ft spread
HARDY to -10°F (-23.3°C)
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

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