This old favorite lights up your garden with masses of blue flowers in mid-spring, followed by willowy new growth in bronzy gold and red. It is easy to grow and wants a fair amount of sun. It grows quickly and blooms at an early age. It may reach six feet in ten years but is easily kept smaller.
R. augustinii is part of the Triflora subsection, a group of plants noted for their narrow pointed leaves. R. augustinii has a furry mid-rib on the back of the leaf!
It prefers an open location that is bright but it doesn’t like the hot afternoon sun.
Plant in light, well- drained soil, and give it small amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
Consistent gentle watering is best.
It is hardy to approximately 0 F.