• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage reaches 10 to 12 in. tall, 16 in. wide, with flower stems 24 in. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Early Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:HEW-ker-a
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Foliage reaches 10 to 12 in. tall, 16 in. wide, with flower stems 24 in. tall.
    Foliage color:Black
    Blooms:Early Summer
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleCottage
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasBlack Beauty is an exceptional perennial for small city gardens and where color and texture from foliage is essential to off season beauty. Plant in mass in a natural, woodland setting or spotted throughout mixed beds. Pair the glossy, dark purple foliage with yellow and gold foliage plants for contrast and color in those dark shaded areas of your garden. Outstanding at close range near outdoor living areas and in front entry foundation plantings. Create a dramatic effect by planting in beautiful lime green or cobalt blue glazed containers.
    Companion PlantsSolomon's Seal (Polygonatum); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, well-drained soil; take care not to bury crown when planting. Sun tolerant in cool summer areas. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed regularly throughout growing season. Remove old, faded foliage in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.