Unusual and a must have. The deepest of navy purple almost black flowers are neatly enveloped in the silverest of silver hooded bracts. Deep olive green leaves have a silver white reverse that finely margins the edges of each leaf. Needs protection from hard frost. Looks great in pots (and these can be moved to a protected spot in winter). Most town gardens should not have to worry. Sun or 1/2 shade. 90cm.
– Height with flowers: 35cm approx.
– Width: 25cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun, Partial Shade. In hot areas performs best with some Shade. Very long flowering well into winter in winter frost areas if grown with some overhead shelter. Must be well drained in all areas.
– Soil: Well drained, very adaptable.
– Fragrance: Foliage is pleasantly aromatic, reminiscent of berries. Flower buds and stems also have a soft fruity berry fragrance.
– Frost: Moderately frost hardy once established. In hard winter frost areas does appreciate some overhead cover, where it will continue to flower well into mid-winter.
– Growth: Perennial
– Attracts: Birds
– Care: Low maintenance, Prune to keep compact
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Rabbits and deer find the aromatic leaves less to their taste.
– Origin: Rare native to a small section of the Andes Mountains of Peru, where it grows in dry areas.