Also known as
Common Hydrangea, Bigleaf Hydrangea, Hortensia, Lace-Cap Hydrangea, Florist's Hydrangea, Krismisrose (Afr.)
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5 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Hydrangea macrophylla is a large-leaved, deciduous shrub species from the Hydrangeaceae family. It produces huge, showy flowerheads during the summer. These may be blue when the soil tends more towards an acid pH, white or pink if the soil tends towards an alkaline pH. Leave old flowerheads on to provide winter interest. It has a rounded habit and is hardy to around -15 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full sun to partial shade, in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth. Originating from Japan, this is one of the most popularly grown Hydrangea plants, it is a common sight in many gardens and many cultivars have been developed from it for garden use. The leaves hold water which makes it a popular choice for planting close to buildings, acting as a fire break. The leaves can be fermented and used medicinally.
Common problems with Hydrangea
How to harvest Hydrangea
Pick fresh leaves and flowers as needed.
How to propagate Hydrangea
Special features of Hydrangea
Make effective lower hedge screen.
Attracts useful insects
Grow easily in a pot watered thoroughly once a week during growth phase.
Other uses of Hydrangea
Specimen, ornamental, containers. Summer interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.
It has antimicrobical and antiallergic properties.
The fermented leaves can be made into a drink.
The leaves hold water, making it difficult to catch fire. Plant them along hedges or buildings to serve as fire break.
Larger Shrubs for Gardens
For larger gardens, these flowering shrubs are perfect additions to provide habitat and food for pollinators.