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Common Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla

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Large leaved, decidious shrub with huge flower heads during summer. The leaves hold water which made it popular to use close to buildings, acting as a fire break.The leaves can be fermentented to be used medicinal.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Pick fresh leaves and flowers as needed.

Propagation

Cuttings
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!

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
Prune Hydrangeas in winter when the leaves have dropped and the plants are dormant to ensure large flower heads the following season.

Geography

Origin
Japan
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Compost, Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

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.

Personality

Family
Hydraceceae
Flower colour
Blue(in acid soil), white and pink(in alkaline soil).
Scent
None

Problems

Rust
Smut
Smut
Ustilaginales

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