One of a very few plants that bloom in shade in the fall, and what a show it is. Large clumps of dark maroon flowers attract all sorts of bees and butterflies up until a hard frost. This plant always gets a lot of attention during the State Fair when it is in its glory. Large heavily lobed leaves on a sturdy stem, it is a short-lived perennial, which blooms in the second year, and will live 3-5 years. Not to worry, it will self-seed. As long as you keep a few babies around, you will have a show for many years to come. Best in constantly moist soil, and part sun, but will grow in full sun and shade if there is enough moisture. Will also do well in a bog.