Hydrangea macrophylla
Hortensia June 2008-1.jpg
H. macrophylla
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Unranked: Angiosperms
Unranked: Eudicots
Unranked: Asterids
Order: Cornales
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Genus: Hydrangea
Species: H. macrophylla
Binomial name
Hydrangea macrophylla
(Thunb.) Ser.

Hydrangea macrophylla is a species of Hydrangea native to Japan. Common names include Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Lacecap Hydrangea, Mophead Hydrangea, Penny Mac and Hortensia. It is widely cultivated in many parts of the world in many climates.

Hydrangea macrophylla blossoms can be either pink, blue, or purple shades, depending on a pH-dependent mobilization and uptake of soil aluminium into the plants.[1]


In climates where hydrangea flowers, place in a mixed shrub border or at the back of a flower bed. Its rich foliage and large size make it a wonderful background for white or light colored flowers, even tall growing perennials and annuals. In warm climates H. macrophylla is good for adding a splash of springtime color to shady areas and woodland gardens. Minimal pruning is recommended for most prolific flowering. Flowers are easily air dried and are long lasting.


Some popular Hydrangea cultivars include:

  • 'All Summer Beauty'
  • 'Alpengluhen'
  • 'Ami Pasquier'
  • 'Bailmer' (marketed as Endless Summer; perpetual bloomer)
  • 'Beaute Vendomoise' (giant lacecap)
  • 'Blaumeise' (Swiss "Teller" lacecap)
  • 'Blue Bonnet'
  • 'Blue Wave'
  • 'Forever Pink'
  • 'Generale Vicomtesse de Vibraye'
  • 'Hamburg'
  • 'Lilicana' (pink-to-purple lacecap)
  • 'Marechal Foch'
  • 'Nikko Blue' (perpetual bloomer)
  • 'Pia' (dwarf)
  • 'Penny Mac' (perpetual bloomer)
  • 'Soeur Therese' (white mophead)
  • 'Taube' (Swiss "Teller" lacecap)
  • 'Veitchii'



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