Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'
Garden Plant Information

Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'

 

Humulus lupulus 'Aureus' - close-up

 

Name

Humulus lupulus ĎAureusí (also called golden hop)

Genus  

Humulus

Species

lupulus

Cultivar/variety

ĎAureusí

General description

Herbaceous perennial climber grown for attractive summer foliage and papery, cone-like hops in autumn. Good for cottage, informal and wildlife gardens. Noted for attracting wildlife.

Season of interest

Summer and autumn.

Key horticultural features

  1. Vigorous twining habit. H&S: 6m.

  2. Stems are light green and roughly textured with short, hard bristles.

  3. Leaves are deeply lobed and bright green.

  4. Flowers -  male flowers are borne in loose panicles in the upper leaf axils, whilst the female flowers are soft cone-like catkins made up of bracts with tiny flowers tucked into the axils.

Cultural details

Aspect

Full sun to partial shade, but grow in full sun for best colour.

Soil

Fertile, well-drained, humus-rich.

Hardiness

Fully hardy.

Maintenance

Cut back to ground level in the spring and mulch with well rotted manure or garden compost. Needs a strong support to grow up.

Propagation

This plant is dioecious, meaning that individual flowers are either male or female. Both male and female plants must be grown if you want to collect viable seed. Take stem tip cuttings in spring.

 

 

 

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Published: 19-09-2005

Updated:   14-01-2006