Roy Herold/AHS/Walek 2009

Striking dark red petioles hold lance shaped very dark green/blue leaves. Leaves are 8” x 4” and somewhat erect. The red blends into the leaf blades and also spreads up the scapes. The glaucous leaves are silver white on the underside.

The name is perfect for it. Red petioles, and it blooms in October. It has a very heavy bloom with lavender flowers on a 1.5 foot scape, and at a time when many of the others are already starting to go dormant. Red October is one of the very last to go dormant too, so it’s perfect for the far north.