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Hypericum androsaemum 'Albury Purple'

This is a bushy, deciduous shrub with upright branches. Purple-flushed green leaves grow up to 4 inches long and are mildly resin scented when bruised. 'Albury Purple' bears stalked, star-shaped or cupped yellow flowers, up to 11 per cluster on distinctive 2-edged stems. Round, red berry-like fruit follows.

CareProvide full sun to part shade and moist but well-drained soil. Too much shade will decrease the number of flowers. Plants may die to the ground in winter but will send off new growth in the spring.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in autumn. Divide in spring or autumn. Take softwood cuttings in late spring; greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsThrips, scale, anthracnose, rust, and leaf spots. Also wilt and root rot, particularly in hot and humid climates.

  • Genus : Hypericum
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Spring, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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