Soft, heart shaped, deep green leaves with a purple tinge form a spreading mound in the shaded landscape topped by profuse spikes of violet-blue, lipped, tubular flowers in mid June continuing through mid summer. Native insects love its nectar and critters love its thick cover. Drought resistant.
Drought tolerant once established
Thrives in shade
A magnet for native insects and butterflies
Great cover for landscape critters
Very effective planted in groups
open woods and bluffs from Pennsylvania south to Florida and west to Minnesota and Texas
Butterflies are active during the day. They use their colors to attract a mate or to warn predators that they are unpleasant to eat. In contrast, moths are usually dull in color and are active at dusk or during the night.