This tough, long blooming plant is a great addition to a shade garden, providing blossoms from spring to fall. Its gray-blue foliage is an asset.
Type: Herbaceous perennial.
Bloom: Pink or white; spring to fall but may slow down in summer heat.
Size: 12-18” H x12″ W.
Light: Full to partial shade; can tolerate more sun if kept moist.
Soil: Fertile, well drained, moist; pH 5.5-6.5 slightly acidic.
Fertilizer: Mulch with organic matter.
Hardiness: Zones 3-8.
Care: Dead head as bloom are spent to encourage continuous bloom; mulch in Spring to conserve moisture and keep the roots cool.
Pests and Diseases: Crown rot if mulch covers the crown; leaf fungus in damp sites with poor circulation; aphids.
Propagation: Long lived; division of clumps.
Companion plants: ajuga, hosta, Solomon’s seal, ferns, hellebore , epimedium, primrose, and other woodland plants.
Outstanding Selections: ‘ Luxuriant’ and ‘King’ (pink); ‘Snowdrift’ and ‘Purity’ (white).
This tough, long blooming plant is a great addition to a shade garden, providing blossoms from spring to fall.