• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hy-DRAIN-juh AS-per-uh
    Plant type:Hydrangea, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Companion PlantsAnemone (Anemone); Azalea (Azalea); Camellia (Camellia); Holly (Ilex); Hosta (Hosta); Rhododendron (Rhododendron)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in fertile, slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained soil with partial or dappled shade; tolerates more sun in cooler climates. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Apply balanced fertilizer monthly during the growing season. Remove spent flowers to promote continued bloom.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Hydrangea aspera is a shrub native to the region between the Himalaya, across southern China, to Taiwan. Considerable natural variation occurs within the species, and some of the variations are sometimes considered to be separate species; these include H. villosa and H. aspera ssp. sargentiana. This unique purple leaved selection was discovered by Mikinori Ogisu in China, and brought to Monrovia by plant explorer Dan Hinkley.