Bigleaf hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla http://www.parkseed.comHydrangea macrophylla 'Forever Pink'Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Park Seed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) hy-DRAIN-jah mak-roe-FIL-lah Genus: Hydrangea This is one of the most widely recognized species of hydrangeas. It boasts a plentiful number of cultivars. The species is divided into two groups: the Hortensias (or "mopheads") have globe-shaped flowers made up of large male flowers, and the Lacecaps have flattened flower heads, with central, female blossoms ringed in larger, male blossoms. Noteworthy Characteristics: Lacy, horizontal blossoms and large globes of flowers in rich colors. Care: Grow in moist, but well-drained soil, in sun to partial shade. Provide shelter from drying winds. These hydrangeas flower on the previous season's wood, and can be maintained by cutting back just to the first pair of buds beneath the old flower in spring. Propagation: Sow seed in a cold frame in spring; take softwood cuttings in early summer, hardwood cuttings in winter Problems: Gray mold, slugs, powdery mildew, rust, ringspot virus, leaf spots. Overview Height 3 ft. to 6 ft. Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Showy Flowers, Showy Seed Heads Bloom Time Fall, Summer Flower Color Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, White Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Cut Flower, Dried Flower Style Cottage Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Tolerance Frost Tolerant Type Shrubs Related Plants to Hydrangea macrophylla 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Bigleaf hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mathilda Gutges' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Mountain hydrangea Hydrangea serrata 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Bigleaf hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla 'Variegata' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Bigleaf hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue' View the discussion thread.