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Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Sun Exposure: Light Shade
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Patent Information: Non-patented
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
Growing Habit: Mound-like
Growth Rate: Fast
Leaf Shape: Broadly Ovate
Leaf Appearance: Wavy Corrugated
Degree to which the appearance is present: Lightly
Leaf Texture (top): Slightly Shiny
Leaf Texture (bottom): Glaucous Bloom
Leaf Substance: 4 (Above Average)
Leaf Color: Medium Green Dark Green Yellow Creamy White
Easy to grow, vigorous, easy to divide and move around. It's a staple for me. I started with one plant 3 years ago and now I have 4 huge clumps that I am going to divide again this year. Some I have in deep shade and some in areas that get a little sun. Both are growing well. I haven't had any problems with slugs bothering it.
On Nov 12, 2006, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:
I gave a 'neutral' vote because the slugs love it so much in my garden. However, I'd never get rid of it because it's so beautiful in the spring. I'll just have to be more vigilant with the slug control.
On May 28, 2003, macredtoo from Shirley, NY wrote:
I bought the plant in a 1 gallon container, about a month ago, in April. It is gorgeous! Bright colors, wavy almost heart shapes leaves, look like they are in movement.It is in good shade dappled sunlight. It does like a lot of water.Seems like a fast grower too.
On May 17, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:
This plant has striking foliage colors and fast growth.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, , Alberta Fort Smith, Arkansas Oxford, Connecticut Bonifay, Florida Dacula, Georgia Lawrenceville, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Martinez, Georgia Caseyville, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Downers Grove, Illinois Washington, Illinois Elberfeld, Indiana Tompkinsville, Kentucky Dracut, Massachusetts Dearborn Heights, Michigan Plainwell, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan South Lyon, Michigan St Cloud, Minnesota St Paul, Minnesota Lothair, Montana Tilden, Nebraska Clearbrook Park, New Jersey Garden City Park, New York Greene, New York Shirley, New York Dudley, North Carolina Fearrington, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Medora, North Dakota Glouster, Ohio Salem, Oregon Ashley, Pennsylvania East Norriton, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Millerstown, Pennsylvania India Hook, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Chantilly, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Newport News, Virginia (2 reports) Williamsburg, Virginia Kalama, Washington Lake Goodwin, Washington Sunnyslope, Washington Eau Claire, Wisconsin Lake Lac La Belle, Wisconsin Marion, Wisconsin