This plant blooms early in the season, starting between February and April and lasting about a month. The rich purple petals are marked with pairs of deeper purple dots and yellow stamens in the center, rising in profusion on reddish stems. It grows rapidly and quickly growing into a compact mound and then spreads to cover more ground. This plant has exceptional disease resistance. Best to plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Fertilize in early spring with organic fertilizer. Very good in hot summers as it is drought resistant once established.