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Formerly grown as a greenhouse and conservatory foliage plant, this attractive shrub is almost hardy in very mild gardens if planted in a warm sunny border and given a protective mulch in winter. Usually it is grown for ornamental bedding purposes, either as a taller highlight among flowering plants, or in large pots as a patio foliage plant. If kept as a perennial, it needs a minimum winter temperature of 4-7C (40-45F), and may be propagated by division and basal suckers, as well as summer cuttings. It is easy from seed, however, as a half-hardy annual. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Tender perennial
Flower colour: Red, Brown
Foliage colour: Grey
Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist, Sandy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: March to May
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