Common Hydrangea, Bigleaf Hydrangea, Hortensia, Lace-Cap Hydrangea, Florist's Hydrangea, Krismisrose (Afr.)
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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. 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.
Pick fresh leaves and flowers as needed.
Make cuttings from hardwood while dormant in winter. Place two sleeping eyes under sandy soil mix and at least two eyes above. Place at an angle to root better!
Grow easily in a pot watered thouroughly once a week during growth phase.
Make effective lower hedge screen.
Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
It has antimicrobical and antiallergic properties.
The fermented leaves can be made into a drink.
The leaves hold water, making it difficult to catch fire. Plant them along hedges or buildings to serve as fire break.
Pink, White, Blue