Species - aspera

Native of China,Taiwanand theHimalayas, this species is vary variable in the size the plants, leaves and the flower colour.  They all have large, rough, hairy leaves and hairy stems.  The largest and roughest was known as sub species sargentiana, but this one is now recognized as a separate species.  They have flat flower heads made up of a central area of fertile florets and the colour of these may vary from wishy-washy blue to an intense deep blue depending on the form or cultivar.  The fertile florets are surrounded by mauve sterile florets.  Some excellent cultivars have been bred recently such as ‘Anthony Bulivard and Sam McDonald’

aspera ‘The Ditch’

aspera ‘The Ditch’

Bed G: Plant 05 A compact plant growing to 2m Fertile florets deep mauve surrounded by pale sterile sepals. UK Plant Finder 2012: Not Listed. Our plant was obtained... Read more

aspera ‘Anthony Bulivant’

Bed V: Plant 02 One of the best cultivars of H. aspera.  The sterile florets a pale pink and the central fertile flowers are pink with long deep blue... Read more

aspera ‘Elegant White’

Bed E: Plant 02 Rounded heads of white flowers UK Plant finder 2009: Not listed Read more