Being a sucker for dark foliage how could I not love this plant?
I was quite surprised at how much it's grown over the summer, turns out a vacation outdoors does us all good. The below photo is from last June and the foliage is still this dark, it's just a trick of the light (and camera) that has it looking redder.
This photo however, it shows what too much sun can do. This is a much smaller plant I picked up one day on a whim. Red not black, ugh!
The stats ...
- as you can see from the photo above this plant prefers part shade...NOT full sun
- hardy outdoors in USDA Zones 9-10, likes even moisture
- can reach 2 - 3 ft tall and 1 - 2 ft wide
- blooms are said to be pink/yellow and resemble cones
- one of our plant lust sources says "leaves have the fragrance of ginger" and after having abused a couple of leaves on my plant I can confirm this is true!
I thought with this post I'd go ahead and link up with Pam (at Digging) for Foliage Follow-up, a meme which she hosts the day after Bloomday every month - after all the foliage is what it's all about with this plant. Is there anything in your garden that's looking especially grand in mid October, bonus points if it's about the foliage...
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