One of the most extraordinary shade plants we have come across! It blooms generously all yearhere in zone 9b, presenting large and glorious fluffy violet-blue flower heads to 6” across and the flowers open from velvety violet bud clusters that are so pretty! Its exotic velvety leaves start out greenish but quickly turn a lush dark purple. Evergreen- or “everpurple” - in frost-free areas. The foliage is held on branching stems creating a well-mannered form I’ve never had to pinch back! I’m so happy to say it is EXTREMELY EASY to grow,reaching full size (3’x3’) in about 3-4 months in rich soil. I grow mine with morning sun and afternoon shade, although it loves all day medium shade here at the nursery. Attracts butterflies!