Early this summer I bought one of my friends a gift. She is a gardener, and is always looking for any plant that will bloom in shade, since she gardens in the woods.
The gift, from Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina, is the Japanese woodlander Salvia glabrescens “Momobana”.
I went to her garden this morning to see and photograph it.
What a stunning flower it is, with its blossoms that look like tiny pink Ladyslipper orchids.
My friend has it growing next to wild, late blooming phlox in a moist area with only glancing sun. Plant Delights says that it is hardy in Zones 5 to 8.