1. Shepherd is adapted to and intended for use in the North Central, East Central, and Great Plains areas of the U.S.. Shepherd has been tested in Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska. 2. Shepherd is a moderately dormant variety with fall dormancy similar to FD class 5 check varieties. Flower color observed in the Syn.2 generation is greater than 99% purple with a trace of variegated, white, cream, and yellow.