Flowering stems reach just above the foliage with dome-shaped clusters of small white blooms. In late summer the small flowers develop into spectacular blue berries each attached to a bright red stem.
This late season show will last well into fall.
WHY PLANT IT: The bold leaves look great all summer long and the bright blue berries are brilliant in the fall.The umbrella plant also attacts bees.
WHERE: Plant this dramatic perennial in light to dappled shade avoiding locations with hot afternoon sun. It will grow best in rich moist soil, but will tolerate clay.
Provide regular watering during dry weather. This large leaf plant resents drying out in summer. Once the foliage yellows in fall it can be cut to the ground.
SIZE: The unbrella plant will grow to 4 feet high and 5 feet wide.
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