|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, 'Blue Gem', (syn. H. latifolia) is a spreading shrub with lance-shaped, light to mid-green leaves to 3 inches long. Blooms in light mauve flowers. Suitable fo rock gardens, mixed or shrub border.