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Description: Closely affiliated to H. macrophylla and stylosa, only forming a relatively small shrub for us to 1.5 m tall. With brownish branchlets, bark peeling off into fragments when older. Carrying thick textured persistent rhomboid-elliptic leaves 6-19cm long which soon colour up to shades of brownish purple contrasting with the red mid-ribs. Bearing corymbose inflorescences of small pink or blue (soil dependant) fertile flowers subtended by large sterile flowers with 3 or 4 serrated sepals through the summer for us. A collection from China gratefully shared with us by Maurice Foster. Easily grown in sun or light shade in any good moisture retentive fertile drained soil, best sheltered from the coldest weather.
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Crûg Farm Plants, Griffith's Crossing, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU.
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