Velvet Elvis is bold and showy with large lavender blue flowers with very dark green leaves over a compact habit. Striking contrast between the tops of the leaves (green) and the bottoms of the leaves (purple). It is a fast growing shrubby perennial. Use is mass plantings or containers outside in summer. Blooms in September & October. Likes partial to full shade.
Compared to Mona Lavender, Velvet Elvis has larger, deeper lavender blue flowers on longer inflorescences, a more compact habit, and deeper green leaves.
Excellent for containers, in combination plantings, as a color spot, or in the front of the border. Also a good house plant.
A day-length of 12 hours or less promotes flowering. Day and night temperatures of 60 to 80°F are fine year round.
Photo courtesy of Terra Nova.