Zone Map 6-10

Growth Cycle

Growth Cycle - Warm Growth Cycle - Warm Warm
Bloom: Bloom Season Scale
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  • Growth rate: medium-fast, especially once established
  • Grow in 2 or 3-gallon or larger; grows best in large containers; turn over quickly if grown in small sizes
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist
  • Fertilizing: use a slow release, medium-rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: aphids, spidermites
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly, keep dry; can be overwintered outside but must protect from cold and excess moisture
  • Note: if cutting back, stalks may branch

*Note: please adapt these suggestions as needed to accommodate your local conditions.


  • Use in background plantings to highlight dark green and deep red foliaged foreground plants
  • Interesting variegated foliage with longitudinal deep green and white stripes
  • Beautiful centerpiece for combination plantings in large decorative urns
  • Large enough to use as a specimen, or plant in groups or sweeps; allow plenty of room
  • Good for hedges, privacy and screening
  • Fabulous long plumes good for fresh and dried flower arrangements

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