|1||15C+||Indoor||Grow as a houseplant or under heated glass.|
|2||10 to 15C+||Indoor / Outdoor||Grow indoors, or outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot|
|3||5 to 10C||Tender||Grow outdoors in summer, and in a heated glasshouse in winter.|
|4||1 to 5C||Tender||Grow outdoors or under glass without risk of frost.|
|5||-5 to 1C||Half-Hardy||Hardy in coastal/mild/sheltered areas. Will not tolerate hard/sudden frost. May require winter protection in situ. such as fleece or straw mulch.|
|6||-10 to -5C||Hardy||May suffer at altitude, central/northerly locations, harsh winters, cold gardens and when grown in pots.|
|7||-15 to -10C+||Hardy||Will survive most severe winters but may be at risk in central/northerly locations and in pots. Top growth may be destroyed but will usually re-grow.|
|8||-20 to -15C||Hardy||Will survive severe winter, but may need protection when grown in pots.|
|9||-20C & Colder||Very Hardy / Hardy||in the severest European climates.|
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Originating from Mexico
Evergreen shrub with dark purple stems and huge, velvety, dark green, heart-shaped leaves with heavy, veining. In early spring it produces large clusters of mauve pompom-like flowers with a slight scent. These are beautifully displayed on stalks held well above the foliage. As a foliage plant alone, this would be a superb, tropical-looking addition to a cool, shady conservatory, but is a showstopper when in flower.
Grow in moist but well-drained, humus rich compost in light shade. Keep very well watered in summer. Pinch out growing tips for a bushy, rounded plant.
Height and spread after 1 – 2 years 1m x 1m
Mature height and spread after 3 – 4 years 2m x 2m