This perennial forms a low mound of crispy green foliage. In early summer the upright spikes of bright-purple flowers appear, which attract bees to the nectar. Deadhead to promote re-blooming.
The Perennial Plant Association includes growers, retailers, landscapers, educators, and others that are professionally involved in the perennial industry. Each year they choose a plant to give the award of Perennial Plant of the Year. See the perennials from previous years here.