If you don’t have one of these in your garden, you just don’w know what you’re missing! This one is actually a baby that we transplanted from the base of our original plant. We now have about five of these scattered around our yard, all from the original, huge shrub! Besides being a lazy cook, I am also a lazy gardener. I look for plants that give me the most reward with the least amount of work, and these really fit the bill! They have something to offer every season. In the spring the new leaves are a bright vibrant green, with a soft, downy white fuzz. Then in the summer, these full cone-shaped heads of flowers open up for several weeks of blooms. In the fall, the big oak-shaped leaves turn shades of deep crimson and magenta. The curling bark and the dried flower heads are beautiful in the winter garden.
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