Native to Japan, this slender, clump-forming perennial has lacy, fine-textured, bluish-green, columbine-like foliage. Sprays of pendulous, lavender-purple flowers with contrasting yellow stamens appear in late summer in loose, airy clusters, on sturdy, purple flower stems which rise well above the foliage, sometimes up to 8 feet tall and typically do not require staking. When massed, the overall effect of this bloom can be spectacular.
Sow seeds IMMEDIATELY you receive them, at any time of the year, they depend on having several months, sometimes up to a year in cold, damp compost, (NOT DRY IN A FRIDGE) before they will germinate. Keep the seed tray moist in a cold greenhouse or shady corner and do not discard. These fresh seeds can be very slow to germinate but do not use any artificial heat in an attempt to germinate them as it may simply disrupt their germination mechanism causing them to enter even deeper dormancy.
Common name:Lavender Mist Meadow Rue