|Dwarf shrubby perennials. Leaves are medium green, large and palmate, with lance-shaped leaflets. Grown for their brilliant display of colorful blue, red, pink, yellow and white sweet pea shaped flowers on tall spikes in spring and early summer. Wonderful cottage garden additions, eye-catching when planted in large masses. Other than requiring good drainage, not fussy about soil. Can start from seed in winter or early spring.