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This interesting plant with its unusual white flowered balls and yucca like foliage reaches a height of 3'-4'. Blooms summer into fall and does best in well drained soil. An outstanding display if grown with Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis).
A perennial in the primrose family and is fairly easy to identify. The plant normally has one or more stiff green stems rising from a rosette of basal leaves with reddish midribs. Clusters of 4 - 100 flowers dangle from the top of the leafless stem. Each flower has 5 white pink-lavendar petals that typically bend back. The Shooting Star will grow well in light shade to full sun. It's found in open woods and prairies under natural conditions. It can easily be propagated by seed or root divisions. Normal flowering time is mid to late springtime and it grows well in zones 4-8.
Brilliant flowers atop this plant that is the same as the Blue Spiderwort, but white in color. This plant will form clumps late spring thru summer. It is native to the Midwest and reaches a height of 1'-2'. It grows well on loamy and sandy soil in full sun to partial shade. A wildflower that is very easy to start from seed. Companion plants could be Little Bluestem (Andropogon scoparius), Prairie Phlox (Phlox pilosa), and Round-headed Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata).
White-green flower heads on hairy stems with basal leaves best describes this prairie plant. This plant does well in medium to dry, well drained soils in full sun to partial shade. Grows to a height of 2'-3', and blooms June thru August. Companion plants could be, Rough Blazingstar (Liatris aspera), Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida) and False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides).
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