• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hy-DRAIN-juh AS-per-uh
    Plant type:Hydrangea, Shrub
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Flower color:Purplish-pink
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Azalea (Azalea); Hosta (Hosta); Holly (Ilex); Camellia (Camellia); Anemone (Anemone); Holly (Ilex);Rhododendron (Rhododendron)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide fertile, lightly acidic, moist, well-drained soil with part or dappled shade. Tolerates more sun in cooler climates; avoid harsh sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish extensive root system. Apply balanced fertilizer monthly during growing season. Clip spent flowers to promote continued bloom.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    The first ever purple-leaved hydrangea cultivated for American Gardens, Plum Passion® Hydrangea (Hydrangea asper), was discovered by Mikinori Ogisu in China and brought to the U.S. by renowned plant explorer Dan Hinkley, introduced by Monrovia. Plum Passion® Improved (H. aspera 'Monpulsel' PPAF), an outstanding selection from an array of seedlings, has slightly larger flowers and heavier foliage, and exhibits a dense branching habit, giving it a more compact form than its parent plant.
    H. 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.


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