Another perennial of the year selection, this one won for 1999. I saw a massive (even by my standards) drift of these at the etrance to the county park. It knocked me out and I knew I had to have these. This plant is really well suited to the local conditions–it’s a native. That makes it low-maintenance, and I’m all about that. It’s also named in Dr. Stevens’ Prarie Bloom collection for Kansas.
I went loking, and I could only find gallon pots at a big nursery. My usual sources didn’t come through. I bought two one-gallon pots of this, and theywere insanely rootbound. I had a terrrible time with these two, but babying them through the summer seemed to work.
Shortly after that I found some quart pots at the grocery store for three bucks each. I grabbed them all (nine of them). All of these did quite well and have sized up radically. Right now I’m just trying to attain the kind of quantities to produce the massive impact that the drift in the park has. My yard is big, so it’s gonna take a thousand flowers or so to get that kind of effect. Luckily, these babies flower profusely.
some of the quarts after a summer’s growth
These did great in the full sun, and I have all of that you could ever want. The ones I put in where they get absolutely no shade are the biggest and strongest. My two new beds are going in where there’s full sun, and completely exposed–very harsh conditions. But these plants are up for it, they’ve proven that to me this summer.
If I ever run into these on sale, look out.