• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Spreading growth reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
    Blooms:
    Late Winter to Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:sar-ko-KOHK-a hook-er-ee-AN-uh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Average landscape size:Spreading growth reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Blooms:Late Winter to Early Spring
    Flower color:Purplish-pink
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Camellia (Camellia); Astilbe (Astilbe); Azalea (Azalea); Yew (Taxus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil. Shelter from cold, drying winds. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply fertilizer in early spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: summer after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Found in moist, shady sites, forests and thickets from China to the Himalayas, Purple Stem is grown for its foliage, fragrant flowers and berry-like fruits. This species was named in honor of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, botanist and, like his father William Jackson Hooker, a Director of the royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.