- Herbaceous perennial
- USDA hardiness zones:
- Full sun to part shade
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Good soil drainage is essential. Plants will perform poorly and may not survive winter in unamended clay soils that retain moisture. Plants tolerate heat and some dry soils once established. Deadhead spent flower blooms to promote additional bloom. Plants may not be reliably winter hardy throughout the St. Louis area where they should be planted in a protected location (e.g., southern exposure). Leave leaf and flower stems up during the winter for additional protection, cutting back the dead stems in late winter to early spring. Sandy/gravelly mulches will protect plants and help to avoid onset of rot. Plants may also be grown in containers. Take cuttings from containers in late summer for overwintering.
Size and growth:
- 2.0 to 4.0 feet
- 1.5 to 2.0 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- June - September
- Rose pink with raspberry calyxes
Natural, Showy flowers, Fragrant leaves, Humming birds, Fragrant flowers, Herb, Annual, Pink, Red, and Butterflies
Borders, herb gardens or butterfly gardens. Also a good container plant. May be grown as an annual.
No serious insect or disease problems. Crown/root rot may develop in poorly drained soils. Watch for rust, powdery mildew and leaf spots.