Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group

rough-leaf hydrangea

  • © Judy Newton

  • © Judy Newton

Outstanding Qualities

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.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: violet

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular water during dry weather

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: cream, chartreuse, variegated

Great Color Partners: dark green, blue, rose

Culture Notes
This 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.