Height: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m) 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m) 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Evergreen Blue-Green Burgundy
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Oct 16, 2010, mamajack from Fate, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
i started this plant from seeds this spring. and now it is over 6 ft. tall. the trunk is about 2 plus inches diameter or is that circumference?
the leaves are pretty magnificent. purple/red stalks, stems and veins. newer leaves are reddish purple and they just glow. seems like the ones facing the sun are more purple. bottom leaves are castor bean green with red veining. the leaves are huge. seed head/flowers are red.
the plant is gorgeous. i love it. i am thinking about digging it up so that i can keep the plant. i will save the seeds but sure hate to lose the plant.