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Plum Passion® Improved Hydrangea

Hydrangea aspera 'Monpulsel' PP #30,596

A delightful, densely branched hydrangea with green-purple new foliage that ages to a deep purple with rosy purple undersides and is contrasted nicely by bicolor lacecap summer blooms. Captivating fall foliage develops golden topsides, while retaining its purple undersides. A wonderful accent for shady borders and cottage gardens. Deciduous.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade

Keep soil moist, but not soggy.


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Botanical Pronunciationhy-DRAIN-juh AS-per-uh
LoreH. 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Azalea (Azalea); Hosta (Hosta); Holly (Ilex); Camellia (Camellia); Anemone (Anemone); Holly (Ilex);Rhododendron (Rhododendron)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-10

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