Is this in your yard? New variety? Only bloom in fall? Is it as hardy as the purple?
It is in my yard, ccl. It is not a new variety. It is native to South Asia and has evergreen leathery leaves and these wonderful magenta blooms in late summer and fall. I've had it for a couple of years and it seems quite hardy, surviving cold, drought, and heat, and it does not seem to be as invasive as the more familiar purple.