Imagine a stand of Irene tumbling over a low wall or spreading across the dry, sun-soaked ground in your garden! This tough little garden gem is one of the most ornamental plants around, yet there is no beating its usefulness when sheer coverage (and plenty of color!) is needed.
A superb groundcover for hot, dry locations, its habit is low and mounding, only 12 to 18 inches high but spreading vigorously 18 to 36 inches a year. In summer, deep blue-violet flowers arise in great masses. The rich color stays true even in the hottest days, refusing to bleach or fade.
Very deer, drought, and pest resistant, Irene™ is a long-lived joy in any well-drained garden soil. Best performance is in full sun. Zones 7-10.
|ItemForm||3 1/2-inch Pot|
|Zone||7 - 10|
|BloomStartToEnd||Late Spring - Mid Summer|
|PlantHeight||12 in - 18 in|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Herbs|
|BloomColor||Dark Blue, Dark Purple|
|MoistureRequirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Deer Resistance, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Uses||Beds, Border, Containers, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands|
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