Turk’s cap is a perennial flowering shrub that attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and moths. It has a woody or semi-woody base and many stems, with leaves that are soft and velvety on the underside. It is usually 2 to 4 feet tall but may reach 5-7 feet.
Turk's Cap flowers are generally red but they also come in white and pink. They bloom from May to November with flowers appearing every day in the warm weather.
This plant is great under trees where you want some color. Drought tolerant after established. Under cultivation, Turk’s cap will adapt to and thrive in many different sites, including full sun and heavy soil, though full sun will cause its leaves to become rougher, smaller, darker, and puckered. It dies back to the ground in the winter, but comes back in the spring. If kept cut back, Turk's Cap can be used as a tall ground cover.
Leaves, flowers and fruit are edible, raw or cooked. Use young, tender leaves in salads. As the leaves toughen they can be used cooked or used for dolmas. The flowers are welcome salad additions. The fruit is sugary and cucumber tasting.
Turk's Cap is a workhorse in the garden, and is very versatile. It is very wildlife friendly and frequently visited by bees, butterflies, moths, birds and hummingbirds.