Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group
Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group hydrangeas are more tropical looking than other hydrangeas with large, velvet-like, dark-green leaves and flower buds that are large and knobby and deep-rose in color. Blooming August through September, its large blue-purple lacecaps surrounded by mauve florets seem almost iridescent in appearance. Bees are much more attentive to the rough-leaf hydrangeas than other hydrangeas. Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group works well in combination with hostas, pulmonaria, brunnera and hellebores.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: cream, chartreuse, variegated
Great Color Partners: dark green, blue, rose
Culture NotesThis hydrangea grows best in rich moist, well-drained or sandy soil in light to open shade. It dislikes drying out so regular watering is needed during dry weather to prevent the leaves from scorching. Little pruning is necessary, but is best done in late winter or early spring to remove dead, broken or poorly formed branches.
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Plant Type: shrub
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9
Flower Color: violet
Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade
Water Requirements: regular water during dry weather