In the 1930s Charles Lamont of the Edinburgh Botanic Garden crossed V. farreri and V. grandiflorum but discarded the offspring as being unexceptional. He should have persevered because a few years later the same cross was made at Bodnant Gardens and produced this, which has become one of the most widely-grown winter-flowering shrubs. The flowers appear in November, just as the last of its leaves are falling, and persist through to February or March. Sometimes a hard, early frost will burn the flowers but the plant quickly recovers to produce more. Flowers between November and February and does best in rich, loamy soil in full sun or dappled shade.