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The hardy perennial has spectacular flowers: large exotic-looking mauve-pink trumpet-shaped blooms are similar to those of the gloxinia houseplant. These are all the more remarkable as they appear slightly before the foliage, on straight stems poking up out of the soil. By the time the flowers are well open, the foliage has emerged to form a neat frill of ladder-like leaves beneath them, forming a good background. Despite its exotic appearance, this plant is perfectly hardy so long as it is grown in very well-drained soil - a rock garden or raised bed is the ideal spot.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Mauve
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: September to May
Time to divide plants: September to October
would like to find plants that the snails will not immediately eat. Thank you
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