|H. speciosa 'Tricolor', syn. H. 'Purple Tips' of gardens, is a rounded shrub with erect shoots, has gray-green leaves to 2 inches long with white edges. Until maturity, and in the winter, leaves are a dark purple. Medium violet-purple flowers bloom on 3 inch spikes in the summer months. These are suitable for rock gardens, mixed or shrub border and are also good container plants.