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  Hydrangea macrophylla
  Family Name : Hydrangeaceae

  Common Names : Hydrangea, Common Hydrangea, Snowball Flower, Florist's Hydrangea

Hydrangea,Common Hydrangea,Snowball Flower,Florist's Hydrangea
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Plant Shape :
      Maximum Height :
      1 m to 2 m
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      1 m to 1.5 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Eastern Asia
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Shrub with a rounded growth habit, able to grow up to about 1 - 2 m tall.
      Foliage: Dark green leaves, obovate to elliptic, serrated margins, measuring about 10 - 20 cm long. 
      Flowers: Large corymb inflorescence of light blue flowers, consisting of small fertile florets with scattered showy sterile florets often forming a marginal ring.
      [Others]: Hydrangeas are well known because the change colour according to their pH value. When the soil is acidic, the flowers are blue or dark purple in colour. When the soil is alkaline, the flowers are pink in colour and when the soil is neutral, the flowers are white or pale green in colour.
      Etymology :
      Genus Hydrangea is from Greek words "hydor" which means "water" and "aggeion" which means a vessel, and it refers to the shape of the flowers. Species macrophylla means with large leaves.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Medicinal (In Chinese medicine, the flowers are used to treat malaria and various heart diseases. The leaves and roots have been used as an antimalarial drug.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Coastal, Flowerbed / Border, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water
      Pruning :
      Prune after flowering
      Diseases :
      It may be susceptible to leaf spot.
      Pest(s) :
      Sucking Insects
      Propagation Method :
      Stem Cutting (Softwood)
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate)
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Unisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Blue, Pink, Purple
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flowering Period :
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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