Masses of vibrant purplish-magenta pea-like flowers adorn the compact mound of gray-green leaves for much of the year. A wonderful patio container plant and useful for mass plantings or mixed into a flowering perennial garden. Evergreen.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
Superior shrub for foundation planting under windows or at entry and porch. Blooming plants are bright enough to provide a more long range focal point. Essential to the shrub border but also works well in the back of perennial borders for mass. Makes a good accent for softening corners and framing art and other focal points. Great choice for romantic cottage garden compositions and causal country gardens along picket fences or rails.
Use this shrub with other quaint cottage garden favorites: Moonshadow Butterfly Bush, (Buddleika davidii 'Moonshadow'), Petite Pink Crape Myrtle, (Lagerstroemia indica 'Petite Pinkie') and Pink Pearl Bougainvillea, (Bougainvillea 'Abearl'). Group with high profile perennials: Midknight Blue Agapanthus, (Agapanthus x 'Monmid'), Evening Glow New Zealand Flax, (Phormium x ' Evening Glow'), Tropicanna Canna, (Canna indica 'Phaison').
This is a unique genus that falls into the milkwort family contains a whopping 600 species world wide. It was classified by Linnaeus in the 18th century, the name derived from the plant's copious milk-like white fluid. This plant was originally classified as the hybrid P. x dalmaiana, originating in South Africa. One of its parents is the European P. chamaebuxus grandiflora and it may also derive some of its reliance from the South African P. myrtifolia. This cultivar was introduced in 2005 by Monrovia Nursery Co.