This H. longipes type
plant is a cultivar from
Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan which was registered on his behalf by
Rod Kuenster of Iowa in 2010. It is a medium size plant that grows about 14 inches
high with a spread of around 22 inches. The medium to dark green foliage
is ovate, moderately wavy, slightly twisted, shiny on top and has
smooth texture with dark red petioles. Flowers with dark lavender stripes bloom
from mid-August into October.
Not to be confused with H. 'Wildfire'
or the incorrect, 'Benedict's Wildfire'.