Perennial Plant Of The Year 2005!
Flowers that bloom in late-winter are true harbingers of spring. ‘Red Mountain’ is a stunning variety that sports long lasting purple-rose flowers. This is an evergreen, bushy, clump-forming perennial which typically grows 14″ tall with a similar spread. Nodding, cup-shaped, deep rose-purple flowers (to 2″ diameter) with overlapping petals and center crowns of conspicuously contrasting yellow stamens appear in clusters (cymes) at the tips of leafy stems from February through April. Bloom period can be longer in mild winters. Glossy, deeply-cut, dark green, evergreen leaves are deeply lobed and divided into 7-10, narrow, lance-shaped to elliptic, usually-toothed segments. Does best in moist, well-drained, humus-enriched soil. Valued for the unusual winter flowering. Naturalizes easily and flourishes in the southern garden.