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Common Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla

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Also known as

French Hydrangea, Hortensia, Hydrangea, Lacecap Hydrangea

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Common Hydrangea Overview

Hydrangea macrophylla is a large-leaved, deciduous shrub species from the Hydrangeaceae family. It produces huge, showy flowerheads during the summer. These may be blue when the soil tends more towards an acid pH, white or pink if the soil tends towards an alkaline pH. Leave old flowerheads on to provide winter interest. It has a rounded habit and is hardy to around -15 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full sun to partial shade, in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth. Originating from Japan, this is one of the most popularly grown Hydrangea plants, it is a common sight in many gardens and many cultivars have been developed from it for garden use. The leaves hold water which makes it a popular choice for planting close to buildings, acting as a fire break. The leaves can be fermented and used medicinally.

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How to harvest Common Hydrangea

Pick fresh leaves and flowers as needed.

How to propagate Common Hydrangea



Special features of Common Hydrangea

Hedge plant

Make effective lower hedge screen.

Attractive flowers

Autumn colour

Attracts useful insects

Pot plant

Grow easily in a pot watered thoroughly once a week during growth phase.

Other uses of Common Hydrangea

Specimen, ornamental, containers. Summer interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.


It has antimicrobical and antiallergic properties.


The fermented leaves can be made into a drink.

Fire break

The leaves hold water, making it difficult to catch fire. Plant them along hedges or buildings to serve as fire break.

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