The photo does not look as dark maroon as the flowers I have. They are really stunning and draw a lot of attention in an arrangement due to their deep dark color. The stems are pretty narrow and they are not real tall, but the color makes up for all of that!
You'll definitely want to start these indoors as early as possible if you live in the far north, but it's August now and they are really coming into their own! The color is amazing - richer and deeper than on my computer screen! I have a moist area that almost never dries out and they seem to like it there. They make long-lasting cut flowers as well. I hope they last well into fall. They aren't showing any signs of stopping.
Aside from the gorgeous foliage and stunning bloom, this heirloom is completely mildew free in our zone 9 garden . It performs earlier and through the main snap season and then continues on past all its contemporaries being the last to succumb to our blazing summers. With a quick cut back, it takes the summer siesta and then does a little dance again for fall. What a Prince!