CT DR P
Soil: Sandy, Well-drained
Light: Full to Part Sun
Moisture: Average to Dry
Plant Height: 1.5 to 2.5 feet
Plant Width: 1 foot
Pests: None serious
Landscape Value: Good in borders, meadows, naturalized areas, butterfly gardens, and as a container plant.
A pollinator powerhouse! Clump-forming perennial with square, purplish stems and aromatic leaves that can be used in teas. Stems terminate in dense whorls of yellow, purple-spotted tubular flowers subtended by leaf-like pink, lavender, or creamy yellow bracts. The stacked combination of speckled flowers and colored bracts is unique and showy. Deadhead flowers to improve appearance and prolong blooming. Best grown in uncrowded garden areas with good air circulation to avoid powdery mildew. If watering by hand, limit overhead watering and wetting the foliage to reduce foliage diseases, like powdery mildew and leaf spot. Tolerates sandy soil, some drought, and black walnut. Attracts butterflies and large numbers of native bees and predatory insects that prey on insect pests. Resists mites that could impact bees due to its high levels of thymol.
Landscape plugs, 2″ wide by 5″ deep, sold in quantities of 5 or 10
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (photo by R.W. Smith)
North Carolina State Extension
5 Total Landscape Plugs, 10 Total Landscape Plugs