Hydrangea aspera ‘Plum Passion’ is a smaller aspera, primarily grown for its interestingly coloured foliage, not for its rather bland flowers.
Inflorescence: White ray florets surround lilac fertile flowers, 140mm across.
Synonym: H. a. ‘Burgundy Bliss’
Discovered in central China by Mikinori Ogisu and introduced to N. America by Dan Hinkley via Monrovia in 2013. Simultaneously imported by Ted Stevens of Nurseries Caroliniana who named it ‘Burgundy Bliss’ but subsequently agreed to rename it ‘Plum Passion’ to avoid confusion.
Zones: 7 to 10
Size: Medium (to 1.5m).
Color in neutral soil:
Sepals are white surrounding lilac fertile flowers
Color in acidic soil with AI present:
Sepals are white surrounding lilac fertile flowers (no change)
Ray florets: 3, 4 or 5 sepals, white with pink veins, entire, overlapping, 35mm diam.
Leaves: Purplish-green on the adaxial side, greyish-purple on the abaxial side, 210 l x 120mm w.