Prefers part shade. Tolerates full sun in cooler areas.
requires well-drained soil
Prefers cool, moist growing conditions.
3 to 9
1 to 3 feet
1.5 to 2 feet
Flowers are cup-shaped and pendulous on upright spikes.
Compund leaves are pinnate, resembling ladders (hence the common name).
Shape in flower:
flower stalks with upright spikes
- May reseed some.
not native to North America
- Native to Europe, Asia.
How to plant:
division or separation
- Sow seeds in spring or divide plants in late summer.
Maintenance and care:
May require staking. Deadhead faded flower stalks to keep plants looking tidy (they tend to fade out late in the season) and to prevent reseeding. Some reseeding may be desirable as plants tend to be short-lived in warm areas.
Cutting back plants to basal foliage after flowering may produce some later reblooming.
Plants seldom need division. Divide in late summer as needed to propagate.