2010 Perennial Plant of the Year
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3-9
Light: Plants thrive in full sun. Plants grown in partial shade may require staking.
Soil: This North American native is easily grown in well-drained soil and is drought tolerant after establishment.
Uses: This spring flowering shrub-like perennial may be used to fill the back of the border or in the wild garden.
Unique Qualities: The combination of flower and leaf color is dramatic in the early blooming season. Flowers are followed by inflated seed pods that are useful for dried flower arrangements.