- 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. Prefers moist, humusy soils with good drainage, but tolerates moderately dry ones. Best dark leaf color usually occurs in sunny locations. Provide good air circulation in hot and humid areas where crown rot is a problem. Divide when clumps become overcrowded. This is a fast-growing plant that will spread by stolons to form an attractive ground cover. Larger plantings may be mowed on a high mower setting to remove spent flower spikes and to tidy the appearance of the planting. String trimmers and hedge shears are also effective for removing spent flower spikes. Space plants 6-9î apart for quick cover. This is a patented plant that will not reproduce by seed.
Size and growth:
- 0.25 to 0.5 feet
- 0.5 to 2.0 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- May - June
Natural, Colored leaves, Showy flowers, Ground cover, and Purple
Attractive landscape ground cover with unique near black foliage. Beds, border fronts, foundations and containers.
No serious insect or disease problems. Crown rot can be a problem, particularly in the humid conditions of the deep South and in wet, heavy soils.