- Herbaceous perennial
- USDA hardiness zones:
- Part shade to full shade
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers evenly moist, acidic loams with good drainage. Dislikes wet soils, particularly in winter. Dislikes high heat and humidity, and does best when soils are cool. Also dislikes compacted or poorly drained soils. Unsightly bare patches (often called melting out) may appear in the heat of the summer, particularly in hot and humid climates. If such mid-summer foliage decline occurs, plants may be cut back or sheared to stimulate new foliage growth. Leaf scorch may also occur, particularly if soils are allowed to dry out or if plants are grown in too much sun. When grown as a ground cover, starter plants may be spaced 6-10î apart for quick coverage. Evergreen in mild winter climates, but not in the St. Louis area.
Size and growth:
- 0.5 to 1.0 foot
- 1.0 to 1.5 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- May - July
Natural, Colored leaves, Showy flowers, Ground cover, and Pink
Small scale ground cover for shady areas. Intolerant of foot traffic. Also effective as an edger, but spread must be controlled. Containers or hanging baskets.
No serious insect or disease problems. Aphids and slugs are occasional visitors. Watch for leaf blight and leaf spots. Crown rot may occur in poorly drained, wet soils. Foliage may decline (melt out) in hot and humid summer climates.