Plants in this genus are noted for their curious hooded flowers produced on stalks well above the toothed foliage, with colorul sepals providing the shape and color.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsLobed rich-green leaves with colorful, usually yellow or shades of blue-violet, flowers which are actually sepals enclosing hidden petals.
CareBest grown in cool, moist soil in part shade, but will adapt well to most soils and full sun. Tall species may require staking.
PropagationSow seed in containers in spring. Divide every third year in spring or autumn.
ProblemsAphids, fungal stem rots, crown rot, and Verticillium wilt.