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Common Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla

Also known as

French Hydrangea, Hortensia, Hydrangea, Lacecap Hydrangea

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

2m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Common Hydrangea
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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.

Common problems

Harvesting

Pick fresh leaves and flowers as needed.

Propagation

Seed

Cuttings

Special Features

Pot plant

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

Hedge plant

Make effective lower hedge screen.

Attractive flowers

Autumn colour

Attracts useful insects

Uses

Medicinal

It has antimicrobical and antiallergic properties.

Edible

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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