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DeciduousBroadly lance-shaped leaves to 30cm (12in) long
PurpleShades of purple/mauve/lilac/violetLilac, red in bud
HerbaceousEarly in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.Rosette-forming, often short-lived, perennial.
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Partial shadeWill tolerate full sun if soil remains moist.
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowThrives in consistently moist soil at bog edges and near streams and water. Not suitable for standing in waterPests & DiseasesAphids, red spider mite, vine weevil, slugs, viruses, grey mould(Botrytis)Place of originChina (northwestern Yunnan, southwestern Sichuan). Introduced into UK by George Forrest in 1906.
Flower ShapeSpikesDense spikes to 15cm (6in) longTubularTubular, pendent flowers to 1cm (½in) across
Soil ConditionsNeutral to acid soilRequires deep, humus-rich soil.Wet or boggy soil
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