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Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'

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'Aureus' is a fast-growing, twining perennial with roughly hairy shoots and deeply lobed, maple-like leaves in a luminous, clear shade of yellow. Clusters of subtle, fragrant, greenish yellow flowers add texture in summer and mature to pendent, papery, cone-shaped fruits.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsFemale inflorescences are used in brewing.

CareGrow on a fence near an outdoor terrace to shade a south or west window from the summer heat, in a container with a tripod-shaped trellis, or over spring-flowering shrubs. Thrives in moist but well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil. Dies back in winter but comes back each year.

PropagationSow in situ in spring. Root softwood cuttings in spring, or greenwood and leaf-bud cuttings with bottom heat in summer.

ProblemsDowny mildew, powdery mildew, anthracnose, ringspot virus, and Verticillium wilt.

  • Genus : Humulus
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Uses : Containers
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Type : Vines
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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