|Shrubby perennials. Leaves are medium green, with 7 to 10 palmate, fuzzy lance-shaped leaflets. Grown for their brilliant colored sweet pea shaped flowers on tall spikes in spring and early summer. Bi-colored and solid blue, red, pink, and white flowers. 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.