Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Upright, vase-shaped, 6-8 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Summer Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Sunset climate zones:2 - 21, 26, 28 - 41
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Upright, vase-shaped, 6-8 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:Blue
Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Design IdeasA beautiful large flowering shrub that makes an outstanding background for beds and mixed borders. Spreads out generously along fence lines and fills in foundation planting along large barren walls. A natural for shrub borders and island planting. Perfect candidate for English cottage gardens or American country and colonial style landscapes.
Companion PlantsThis blue flowering shrub mixes nicely with large stately perennials such as Blaze Peony, (Paeonia 'Blaze'), Abbey Road Masterwort, (Astrantia major 'Abbey Road'), Provence French Lavender, (Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence'), Creme Brulee Tickseed, (Coreopsis 'Creme Brulee'). It's lovely with flowering tree, Dynamite Crape Myrtle, (Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed regularly during the growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Prune annually in late winter to promote vigorous new growth.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
This plant is known as the Syrian mallow because it was introduced into Europe before the 16th century by Arab traders who originally collected it from Eastern Asia. It is well noted in ancient Chinese literature as well as that of Vietnam and Korea. It is included into the mallow family containing over 200 species from around the world. The purple coloring or blue has been contributed by early breeding with H. s. amplissimus, a common ancestor to all but the original white strains.
Lore:
The species name, syriacus indicates the belief that the Arabian plant originated in Syria, but is in fact an Asian plant.