“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Juvenile stem and leaves with long, fine hairs; bluish to silvery-green; base of leaves tapering to a sheath that wraps around the stem.
To 3 feet
Flowers are in clusters, with only one flower per cluster open at one time. Size of petals varies and flowers may be _ to 1_ inches across in a triangular shape. Flower color may be blue, rose, purple, lavender or rarely white.
Found in a variety of habitats from prairies, old fields to woodland edges, it rarely is used in seeding mixes but has a place in restoration projects. It blooms for more than a month, despite individual flowers lasting only a day. Seeds mature at various times, making seed harvest difficult. It?s easy to establish from seed when used in restoration projects.