General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 3-6feet
Plant Spread: 3-6 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Other: Subglobose capsule
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Blue
Pink
Other: Soil pH will determine flower color; blue in acidic soils and pink in slightly acid to alkaline soils.
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Cane
Division
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Bigleaf Hydrangea
  • Hydrangea
  • Lacecap Hydrangea
  • Mophead Hydrangea
  • Hortensia
  • French Hydrangea

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Location: Thomasville, GA USA
Date: 2019-06-10
Another view of the Monarch alighting on the hydrangea bloom in m
Location: Thomasville, GA USA
Date: 2019-06-09
#Monarchs love the hydrangea blooms
Location: Germany
Date: 2021-07-10

Date: 2014-05-17
Location: Germany
Date: 2021-07-03
Location: Quinault, Washington
Date: 2013-08-23
Apparently these have escaped in this area and have colonized lar
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Gulley's home garden))
Date: May 13, 2023
Mophead Hydrangea # 218 nn; LHB p. 475, 99-4-7; MBG,   The genus

Date: 2022-04-09
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565
Date: 2017-09-29
Location: Fireplace garden - more shade than sun
Date: 2009-0801
These hydrangeas were the basis for the use of color echoes in th
Location: My Yard
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-08-17
Uploaded by Traijin
Location: Fireplace garden - more shade than sun
Date: 2006-1028
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-06-24
Location: Kula Botanical Garden, Maui 
Date: 2015-05-17
 - The light blue Hydrangea blossom in the center, was as big as
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Gulley's home garden)
Date: May 13, 2023
Mophead Hydrangea # 218 nn; LHB p. 475, 99-4-7; MBG,   The genus

Date: June 24, 2007
used by permission under CC license.  Photo taken by: Marc Ryckae

Date: 2013-08-07

Purchased on clearance; recently planted.
Location: Fireplace garden - more shade than sun
Date: 2005-1116
Part of the inherited landscaping.
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-07-03
Skipper enjoying the early morning dew on the hydrangea
Location: Albany Georgia 
Date: 2016-06-01
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. 
Date: 2005-07-31
Such a voluptuous Beauty.
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. 
Date: 2006-09-24
Many hues of fading colours on one bush.
Location: Mysore, India
Date: 2010 Sept.
Pay attention to the blue parts in the centre, seen from the unde
Location: Mysore, India
Date: 2010 Sept.
The little things are seen also from the top, inconspicuous.  I d
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2020-08-07
White Hydrangeas, Hydrangea macrophylla, upright, big leaf

Date: 2013-05-12
Location: West Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-07-04
Location: Shirley, NY
Date: 07/10/2021
Honey Bee on a Hydrangea

Date: 2013-05-31
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565
Date: 2017-10-16
Uploaded by sequoia
Location: Fireplace garden - more shade than sun
Date: 2006-0629
This is one of two that were here when we bought the house.

SFA Mast Arboretum
Location: Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-07-31
Location: Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-07-31
Location: Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-07-31
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565
Date: 2017-08-06
Propagated via flower stalk stuck in the ground over the winter.
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-07-03
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-05-26
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. 
Date: 2007-10-23
This blossom was picked, dried and in a bouquet for two years.
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-05-19
To the right, a specimen about 10 years old.  Behind & to the lef

Date: June 6, 2009
used by permission under CC license.  Photo taken by: Joanne Berg

Date: May 12, 2007
used by permission under CC license.  Photo taken by: Alves Gaspa
Uploaded by SongofJoy
Location: Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-07-31
Location: Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-07-31
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Comments:
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 9, 2012 4:39 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.
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