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Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Tall and upright, Gayfeather provides nice vertical form in a garden. Its purplish, feathery flower spikes contrast well with yellow-flowered, mound-forming plants. Natural populations are widely scattered in the Mid-Atlantic Region.*
*It is native to DC, historical in DE, and native to the southeastern and central western counties in PA. In VA, it is infrequent in the mountains and rare in the Piedmont, although often abundant where found, including Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties.
Gayfeathers are determinate spikes whose sessile florets open from the top down.