A popular, easy to grow, long lived perennial that flowers easily and offers attractive foliage long after the plant blooms.
Moist well-drained soil in full sun location and very light fertilization.
Large number of cultivars available. Some include:
'Red Charm' 2 feet tall, double red
'Petite Elegance' 2 feet tall, pink
'Krinkled White' 3 feet tall, single white
'Raspberry Sundae' 30 inches tall, pink/white double
'Early Scout' 21 inches tall, single red
'Shawnee Chief' 30 inches tall, double red
'Gold Standard' 3 feet tall, single white with gold stamens
Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:
Botyrtis, anthracnose, sclerotinia stem rot, verticillium, phytophthora
Select from early, mid-season and late blooming cultivars to extend the bloom season over a 4-6 week period. Don't plant the roots too deep. Plant no deeper than 2 inches. Don't over-fertilize or it results in reduced flowering. May never need dividing. May take 2-3 years to establish and bloom. Don't plant in the shade or in competition with tree roots or over fertilize as all lead to poor or no flowering.