Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla Forever & Ever® Peppermint) in the Hydrangeas Database

Trade name information:
Series: Forever & Ever®
Trade Name: Peppermint
Cultivar name: 'Rie 13'
Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 3 feet
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Blue
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP18,476; PBR27,144
Parentage: Unnamed x Hanabi

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 25, 2014 3:25 PM

The bloom color of this hydrangea depends on the pH of the soil in which it is planted. If planted in alkaline soil, the blooms will be white with a pink stripe down the center of each petal. If the soil is acidic, the blooms will be white or pale blue, with a blue stripe down the center of each petal. You can make your soil more acidic by adding peat moss to the planting hole, mixing it half and half with the soil you removed from the hole, and adding organic materials such as coffee grounds. Acidic soil allows the hydrangea to use the aluminum in the soil, so you should also work aluminum sulfate into the soil, out to the drip line, or add aluminum sulfate to the water. Fertilizers for acid-loving plants are also good. Look for a fertilizer low in phosphorus and high in potassium, such as 25/5/30. The numbers, in order, indicate Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium.

You may even (accidentally or intentionally) achieve a plant with both blue and pink blooms on it. When mine was about a year old, it bloomed pink on one side, blue on the other, with an interesting lavender shade in the center.

This is a fairly small hydrangea, reaching about 2-3 feet when mature, and it blooms on both old and new wood. I prune mine in the spring, to encourage lots of branching and blooms.

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Posted by frankrichards16 (Clinton, Michigan - Zone 5b) on Mar 13, 2018 5:46 PM

Hydrangea macrophylla Forever & Ever® Peppermint 'RIE13'. Breeder Ryoji Irie from Kyoto, Japan (PP18476, 2008). Has bi-colored pink and light purple bracts. A re-blooming Hydrangea, which means that it blooms on old and new wood. I planted mine in 2014. It has done little to nothing in the past 3 years. Side note, many suppliers list this as 'REI14'. Go figure…

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