The Q&A Archives: Hydrangea Flowers

Question: The outer buds on my hydrangea have opened necely, but the buds in the center have opened to very tiny flowers. Some of the buds that opened nicely are starting to get the very tiny flowers in the center of them. What's going on?

Answer: It sounds to me as though you have a French Hydrangea which is also called a Lacecap. The lacecaps have a center of fertile, relatively non-showy flowers and an outer ring of sterile flowers, which together gives a pinwheel effect. There's nothing wrong with your plant - the flowers you describe are typical of a lacecap hydrangea.

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