- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Flower colour: lilac-white
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Heart shaped leaves which can grow up to 8cm long, clothe the upright stems of this clump-forming perennial, and from late spring, these stems are topped by loose clusters of fragrant, lilac-white flowers. Once the flowers have faded, they are followed by flattened seed pods, which as they age resemble big, papery coins. If undisturbed, these will stay on the plant well into winter providing a long season of interest. Alternatively, cut them and add them to dried arrangements.
- Garden care Easy to propagate from seed - just sow them in a seedbed in spring to produce new plants. Keep the soil damp until germination takes place. If the seedlings become over-crowded, thin out to 15cm (6in) apart. In autumn transplant the seedlings to their final flowering site 30cm (12in) apart.
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