|1||15C+||Indoor||Grow as a houseplant or under heated glass.|
|2||10 to 15C+||Indoor / Outdoor||Grow indoors, or outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot|
|3||5 to 10C||Tender||Grow outdoors in summer, and in a heated glasshouse in winter.|
|4||1 to 5C||Tender||Grow outdoors or under glass without risk of frost.|
|5||-5 to 1C||Half-Hardy||Hardy in coastal/mild/sheltered areas. Will not tolerate hard/sudden frost. May require winter protection in situ. such as fleece or straw mulch.|
|6||-10 to -5C||Hardy||May suffer at altitude, central/northerly locations, harsh winters, cold gardens and when grown in pots.|
|7||-15 to -10C+||Hardy||Will survive most severe winters but may be at risk in central/northerly locations and in pots. Top growth may be destroyed but will usually re-grow.|
|8||-20 to -15C||Hardy||Will survive severe winter, but may need protection when grown in pots.|
|9||-20C & Colder||Very Hardy / Hardy||in the severest European climates.|
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Originating from South China to Taiwan.
Giant, coarsely furry, rugged, and charming with a huge late-season flowering display. Its deciduous, dusky, rich green broadly oval-shaped leaves can reach 50 cm long and have a coarse, hairy texture, as do its long petioles (leaf stems), borne on wide-spreading branches that have tan-coloured peeling bark.
In mid to late summer, huge purple lacecap flowers appear with a central mass of tightly packed deep purple flowers, surrounded by white ray florets, making the overall flower size around 40 cm. Many blooms are produced with a succession of new buds so that the plant may be in flower for many weeks. The development of the flower buds is fascinating to watch over a period of weeks, from a fat tightly bunched shape into an open and lacy structure with a truly unique colour scheme.
Great in jungle, oriental, and woodland gardens as well in the traditional English style. Vigorous and easy to grow in all except alkaline soil, if given sheltered woodland conditions, preferably in moist humus-rich soil out of harsh sun and strong wind.
Height and spread after 5-10 years: 4m x 4m.