This elegant, easy-to-grow heirloom is a cottage garden favorite for good reason: grows to 6 ft on stout stems with a profusion of flowers in a rainbow of colors that bloom July-September. Bees, butterflies and humming birds adore them, AND the flowers are edible, make beautiful dyes and both leaves and flowers have valuable medicinal properties. Long tap root pulls up body-nourishing minerals and micro-nutrients. A permaculture, polyculture and homestead favorite. What’s not to like?
Direct seed into sunny garden spot in May when soil temp is 60+º F. Drought tolerant, it does well in average, well-draining soil. Does well along fence or wall; stake if windy. Reseeds itself.