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A wonderful mix of handsome varieties, growing from 12 to 30 inches tall. Some plants will produce blue or green leaves, others will be gold or variegated. Leaf shape will be narrow, broad or wavy and leaf textures will be shiny, smooth or puckered. Thin spikes of blue or white trumpet-shaped flowers are produced in summer. Winter hardy to zone 4.
Sow seeds in cell packs or 2 inch pots, press into soil, barely cover. Kept at 60°F., germination usually occurs within 4-5 weeks. If not, put container inside a zip-lock bag and refrigerate for 4 weeks. Return to 60°F. until germination occurs.See Starting Seeds for more information.
Comments: Part to full shade. Rich soil, regular feeding and water. Tolerates wet soils. Winter dormant, cut plants down to the ground in fall. Plants remain vigorous without division, becoming more beautiful as they age. Can further propagate by lifting plantlets at the edge of a clump. Protect leaves from slugs and snails. Flowers attract bees and hummingbirds.