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 ‘Sam McDonald’

Bed V: Plant 23 The sterile florets a pale pink and the central fertile flowers are pink with long deep blue stamens, giving a very beautiful misty effect. (A... Read more

aspera ‘Strigosa’ (Rehd.) McClintock

Bed D: Plant 24 A late flowering form with large very hairy leaves and stems. UK Plant Finder: 2012 = 2 nurseries Read more
aspera ‘Taiwan Pink’

aspera ‘Taiwan Pink’

Bed V: Plant 19 With light pink sterile sepals and deep pink fertile florets. UK Plant Finder: 2012 = 3 Nurseries Read more