Hydrangea aspera ssp. sargentiana needs space to grow well as it can achieve a height of 3m. after five years. The remarkable differentiating feature of the subspecies sargentiana is the white moss-like growth on the new stems. As with all H. asperas, the leaves are velvety and the stems, petioles and pedicels are covered in short hairs – very tactile.
Inflorescence: Lacecap, 140mm across, with pink fertile flowers surrounded by, and interspersed with, white ray florets.
From Hubei Province, China. Introduced by E. H. Wilson in 1908.
Zones: 7 to 9
Size: Large (to 3m).
Color in neutral soil:
Sepals are white surrounding pink fertile flowers.
Color in acidic soil with AI present:
Ray florets: 4 sepals, rounded, entire, overlapping, 20mm diam.
Leaves: The pink veins are most noticeable on both sides of the hairy, velvety mid-green leaves, 330mm l x 180mm w.