|This a showy and dependable edging plant that is catagorized as a perennial. Compact and trailing growth habit with leafy, branching stems covered in brilliant scarlet flowers ( three quarters of an inch across) from summer to frost. Foliage is deep purple-red. Trailing varieties are excellent in large planters or smaller pots. Will live through the winter in mild areas. Be patient with sown seeds as it can take up to 2 months for them to become transplanting size. Prefers moist, rich soil and will continue to self-sow once establishe.