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Bigleaf hydrangea
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A species of Hydrangeas, Also known as French hydrangea, Lacecap hydrangea, Penny mac, Hortensia
Botanical name : Hydrangea macrophylla Genus : Hydrangeas

Bigleaf hydrangea, A species of Hydrangeas
Also known as:
French hydrangea, Lacecap hydrangea, Penny mac, Hortensia
Botanical name: Hydrangea macrophylla
Genus: Hydrangeas
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Bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Description

The bigleaf hydrangea is a deciduous shrub native to Japan, and is known for its lush, oval, colorful inflorescence. The two types of Hydrangea macrophylla are mopheads - with large, ball-shaped, sterile flower clusters, and lacecapes - with small round fertile flowers in the center, and sterile flowers on the outer side of each inflorescence. Depending on soil pH, blooms can change color from pink to blue.
Plant Type
Shrub
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink
Blue
White
Purple
Red
Cream
Leaf Color
Green
Yellow
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General Info

Name story

Bigleaf hydrangea
When it is not completely blooming, its huge leaves attract massive attention as they grow up to 15 cm in length, which seems to protect its delicate buds. When the hydrangea is fully blossomed, its huge green leaves perfectly capture the beauty of the flower. Its species epithet, macrophylla, also refers to its big or long leaves, which is also why it's called bigleaf hydrangea.

Symbolism

Gratitude for understanding, strong emotions, apology, boastfulness

Usages

Artistic Value
Hydrangeas, including the bigleaf hydrangea, have been the focus of visual art from all over the world.
Garden Use
Bigleaf hydrangea is a deciduous shrub commonly found in gardens. It is prized for blooming throughout the summer and its large ball-shaped flowers (‘Mopheads’). Its height means can be used for hedging, as a screen, or as an accent plant. Bigleaf hydrangea is often a feature of cottage and seaside gardens. Plant with coneflower to make a color contrast.

What part of bigleaf hydrangea contains toxic compounds?

All parts of the bigleaf hydrangea contain cyanogenic glycosides. These compounds can induce poisoning in animals if the plants are consumed in large amounts.

Toxicity

Bigleaf hydrangea is toxic to children and pets due to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides. The same compounds can be found in peach, apricot, and plum pits, as well as apple and pear seeds. They break down in the digestive system after ingestion and produce a highly toxic compound - cyanide. Symptoms of poisoning include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, gastroenteritis, and diarrhea.
Direct contact with injured bigleaf hydrangea plants can cause dermatitis, irritation of the skin and rash, so make sure to wear gardening gloves when pruning and handling these plants. Do not use dry leaves, petals, or any other part of bigleaf hydrangea for craft projects, because the plant material doesn't lose its toxicity even after drying.

Toxicity in Animals

The same toxic principle applies to pets and herbivores. The severity of symptoms depends on the amount of ingested bigleaf hydrangea material. Leaves and buds are the most toxic parts of the plant.
Common symptoms of poisoning in animals include vomiting, nausea, depression and diarrhea. Intoxication most often causes a mild gastrointestinal disturbance, and rarely has a fatal outcome.

Potential Risks

Horses and other herbivores should not have access to areas where bigleaf hydrangea grows. Dispose of all trimmed and pruned plant material properly to prevent children and pets from coming into contact with it. If your child or pet starts showing the symptoms of poisoning, reach out to a doctor or a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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