Native Region: Italy to Western Turkey
Zone Range: 07-10
Preferred Climate: Mediterranean
Harvest Date: Tuesday 21 October, 2014
Seed count: 5-7
A clump-forming perennial with semi-evergreen bold, deeply-lobed dark green leaves up to 3 feet long. In late summer, bears white flowers with purple-shaded bracts in 3 foot long racemes, often with purple-tinged stems. Grows to 5 feet high by 3 feet wide. Best grown in a large border. Flowers are good for cutting and drying.
For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant.
Sow in spring into pots using standard soil-less seed compost, either peat or peat substitute. Cover with perlite or vermiculite, place under protection at 18 degrees Celsius. Germination takes 10-20 days. Protect young plants for the first winter. Flowers in its second or third year. Grow in any soil in sun or part shade. Prefers a sunny situation and thrives in deep, fertile and moist but well-drained loam.