“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Stems square with short, dense hairs; leaves opposite, short-stalked, up to 4 inches long and 1 inch wide, hairy, with a few teeth along the margins.
3 to 5 feet
Plants form many upright, branching stems from the base. The blue flowers with white centers are held in densely packed whorls at stem ends, above dark green, linear foliage
Found in southwestern Missouri on prairies and glades. It does well on drier sites. It?s a common component of many native wildflower mixes, as this species is easy to establish and may bloom the first year from seed. It dies out in eastern Missouri, unless on a very dry site. Conspicuous blue flowers are a favorite of bees.