Common name: Mophead hydrangea
Native to: Japan
The original hydrangeas from Japan were the mophead varieties with large flower heads. The Japanese were the first to cultivate new hybrids using the newly discovered sports or lacecap mutations with their flat, lacy flower heads.The stunning flowers now come in an amazing range of colours. Some are intense red, others are varying shades of blues and pinks while whites are often tinged with green. The flowers are in fact bracts surrounding tiny true flowers and come in bicoloured and delightful picotee-edged forms.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Bright but not full sun, shaded from midday and afternoon sun
Flowers: Simple flowers of 5 petals held together in a large compact bract. A multitude of colours, traditionally blue, but now pinks and whites too.
Foliage: Evergreen, bushy
Growth habit: Upright, shrub
Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant- need a lot of water because of shallow root system.
Height: Up to 2 metres
Spread: Up to 3 metres
Soil requirements: Prefers fertile. moist well-drained soils, particularly more acid soils. Keep well mulched and soil needs constant feeding - they are hungry! Potash can help intensify the blue flowered hydrangea.
Uses: Potted into large pots