“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Leaves opposite, gradually tapering to the stem; margin with short hairs; stems smooth on lower part, with sticky hairs near the top of the mature flowering plant
3 to 4 feet
A clump-forming perennial, it has stout, upright flowering stems. Each stem has 10 to 20 pair of downy, lance-shaped leaves that are up to 5 inches long
Found in the Ozarks and prairie regions of Missouri on savannas and prairies. It’s rarely used in seeding mixes, even restoration projects, as the seed is extremely small and expensive. Establish plugs and plant into the seeding the first or second year. The cardinal-red flowers are a good nectar source for hummingbirds.