Common Name: Lilyturf
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist
Time to divide plants: March to May
Also known variously as 'Black Dragon', 'Ebony Knight', or 'Arabicus', this is an extraordinary looking plant with purple-green leaves that turn jet black when grown in full sun and very well-drained soil. As it is so dwarf, it is easily lost in a border and looks best grown on a rock garden or raised bed. Left undisturbed it slowly forms fair-sized colonies and looks good interplanted with small wandering perennials, such as Geranium farreri with its contrasting, lacy foliage and fragile pink flowers. It also makes a good foil for dwarf rock garden bulbs in spring. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Looks good with:Geranium nodosum
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