Bushy tuberous perennial (1-2m x 0.5m). Hybrids originating from Mexico. Grown from swollen tubers planted out in October and November. Leaves variable often divided into leaflets. Brilliantly coloured flowers in a wide range of colours and styles in summer and autumn. Useful massed for its colour display, as part of a border of perennial plants or for cut flowers. Protect from strong winds. Avoid competition from tree and shrub roots. Prefers well drained fertile soil in a warm position. May require staking to prevent stem breakage. Tubers are best lifted after flowering and stored over winter.