Blue vervain is another beautiful native perennial with purple flowers; in this species the flowers are in long spear-like arrangements. This is one of the faster growing native species and will usually bloom in its first year, so not as long a wait for the pretty flowers! This year, ours also bloomed for 3 months so it can be enjoyed for a long time!
Like many purple flowering species, it is popular with native bees so if you are trying to improve native insect populations too, this is another great choice. This species prefers moist to wet soil in full sun, and can tolerate sandy or more clay based soil types. It can grow 2-6 ft in height with a spread of 1-2 feet, so it can be part of a pollinator collection or more of a focal species in the garden.
These do need cold stratification so plant according to Group B in our instructions. Package contains 20 seeds and can be shipped for free in Ontario.