When this arrived, it had a good two inches of growth, but was bone dry, and had several brown, crunchy leaves when I got it. I soaked the root, and the rest of the leaves quickly wilted and dried out, so I wasn't holding my breath when I planted it. But it's surprised me by bouncing right back as if nothing happened. It seemed totally unphased by some late-season snow and freezing temps, and has several new leaves. I expect I won't get any blooms this year, but I'm also not worried it won't thrive where I have it.