Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers
This colorful shrub from western Europe forms a slightly spreading plant with erect stems to 1 1/2–2 ft. high. Its narrow, dark green leaves are closely set. The pinkish purple, egg-shaped, 1 1/2-in.-long flowers are produced in narrow clusters 3–5 in. long from late spring to early autumn. In warmer parts of the range, bloom may begin in early spring.
Varieties include white-flowered D. c. alba and magenta-blooming ‘Waley’s Red’ and ‘Arielle’. ‘Cinderella’ has bicolored white-and-pink flowers and gray-green leaves. D. c. scotica ‘William Buchanan’ is a low-grower (just 10 in. high) with reddish purple blossoms; ‘William Buchanan Gold’ is similar but shows some yellow variegation in the foliage.
Needs fast-draining, acidic soil. Most useful on hillsides and in rock gardens or natural landscapes.
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