Semi-double, medium sized flower opens in blackish, deep red, in a color like that of buckeye nuts (Aesculus glabra). Broad outer petals surround a few rows of shorter segments that cradle a center made up of petalodes and filaments of the same color. This beautifully formed bowl is accented by bright yellow stamens. The plant has a satisfying plant habit, it is quite vigorous and a dependable bloomer, but the increase however is below average. It produces ample color on an attractive bush after a few years of planting. Flowers are displayed close to the foliage giving the bush a nicely proportioned shape. The form holds best with shelter from wind and intense sunlight. The stems are quite strong and carry the blooms well. Support is not needed if grown in a good location. This is one of the most attractive flowers of this coloration for exhibition or flowering in the viewed landscape.
Awards, Best Use & Distinctions
Best Landscaper®; APS Gold Medal, 2010; APS Award of Landscape Merit, 2009; exhibition variety; champion class; general garden and landscape use; perennial border; deer resistant.
Basic Growing Requirements
Full Sun. Water as needed, sensitive to overwatering and waterlog conditions. Soil pH 6.5-7. Fertile, well-draining soil.
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