• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Clumping foliage 24 to 36 in. high with flowers held just above the foliage.
    Key Feature:
    Native Plant
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Clumping foliage 24 to 36 in. high with flowers held just above the foliage.
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide a humus-rich, neutral pH soil and mulch with decaying leaves, to maintain a cool, evenly moist soil and add fertility. Requires little fertility, but an acid fertilizer can be used in alkaline soil or an orchid fertilizer in all other conditions.
    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 sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    It has been a subject of horticultural interest for many years with Charles Darwin being one of the people who, unsuccessfully, tried cultivating the plant.