|H. x franciscana (H. elliptica x H. speciosa) is a dense shrub with egg-shaped to elliptic, dull dark green leaves, to 2-1/2 inches long. From summer to autumn, purple flowers tinged in pink to 1/2 inch across bloom in axillary racemes, 2 to 3 inches long. The cultivar, 'Variegata' syn. H. elliptica 'Variegata', has broadly edged leaves in creamy white. Suitable for rock gardens, mixed garden or shrub border.