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Mid-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long are sparsely hairy, tapered at the base and characteristically tapered at the tip
Medium shrub Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Rounded shrub of cascading nature when mature with reddish purple young shoots and light-brown, flaking older bark. Flowers are carried on inflorescences 15-30cm (6-12in) long when fully expanded. Mint-like, whiskery flowers appear from densely downy grey-white bracts.
Hardy - average winter Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Borderline. Winter-damaged stems can be pruned back to the base.
Good to know - best suited to warm, dry areas to give an adequate length of season for the flowers to fully develop
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
China (Guizhou, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan)
Frost hardy (down to -5)
Entire see photos above
Elliptic see photos above
Pruning group 3
Suitable for: Deciduous shrubs that flower in the Summer or Autumn on previous year's growth, or deciduous shrubs that flower in late Winter-Spring on previous year's growth.
Pruning: Trim off old flowers to the first bud beneath flower head. Cut back 1/3 of the oldest stems to promote replacement growth.
RHS group 4
Pruning group 4 - Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
When: Annually in early Spring.
RHS group 5, 6 & 7
Fertile moist well-drained soil - moderately fertile