Throatwort

19 Sep

Throatwort (Trachelium caeruleum), evergreen to semi-deciduous, to 3 ft. in height with a 2 ft. spread, upright growth with basal foliage, dome-shaped clusters of mauve to blue flowers bloom summer to fall, full sun to part shade, excellent cut flower, attracts butterflies, easy and vigorous.

Native to the Mediterranean region, this species bears dome-shaped flower heads several inches across that are crowded with tiny, tubular amethyst or white flowers that look somewhat like the blooms of an allium. It has lance-shaped, toothed leaves in hues of cordovan purple or deep green brushed with plum highlights. It blooms over a long season. Though it is a perennial, blue throatwort performs wonderfully as an annual and blooms summer to fall. Plants grow to about 3 feet tall and wide.

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