Easy to grow tall,cold-hardy, showy perennial native to eastern US with distinctive hairy stem, large lance-like leaves and long-lasting, fragrant white florets adored by pollinators. Birds love the seeds. Treasured native medicinal as anti-flu remedy, immune system stimulant, diuretic and laxative. Blooms July-September. Permaculture, polyculture and homestead garden favorite.
Native habitat is low meadows and marsh land. Likes moist, rich soil. Can grow to 4 ft, so plant along wall or back of garden. Tamp seeds into soil surface, keep moist. Space plants 12-18 in apart. Prefers some shade.