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x Didrangea versicolor

Archive entry 25.08.19

2nd November 2016

Introduced originally by Robert Fortune from Hong Kong in 1844 as Dichroa versicolor it has now been recognised as a hybrid between Hydrangea and Dichroa. I was given a plant and put it out in the garden where it has prospered and been untroubled by cold, despite warnings that it wasn't quite hardy. This picture shows it in bud, but when they open the flowers are a rich, pure blue and are produced throughout the year, with perhaps a short break in early spring. It has been a really good plant and a couple of newer selections have been raised and named. I think my plant is the Fortune introduction, which has since been named 'Blue Sapphire' to distinguish it.

5th September 2019