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
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.
1 - 4 m
80 - 250 cm
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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.
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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.
Care Guide for Bigleaf hydrangea
Bigleaf hydrangea requires consistent moisture. It will benefit from soil that doesn't drain too fast; mulching the plant will help retain moisture, as well. When the soil is overly dry, the leaves will begin to droop. During hot summer days, the foliage may seem wilted, but if the soil still feels moist, don't water the plants 鈥?the leaves will recover in the evening.
Fertilization once every 2-3 months during the growing season.
Trim the dead, diseased, overgrown branches in winter.
With fast-growing roots, a bigleaf hydrangea in a pot will need plenty of space and water to prevent it from drying out.