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Hydrangea aspera
Hydrangea aspera

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Hydrangea aspera

Hydrangeaceae (Saxifragaceae)
Deciduous, Shrubs, Flowers


Big, bold leaves and large clusters of long-lasting flowers in white, pink, red, or blue. Summer and fall bloom. Flower clusters may contain sterile flowers (conspicuous, with large, petal-like sepals) or fertile flowers (small, starry petaled); or they may feature a cluster of small fertile flowers surrounded by a ring of big sterile ones (these are called lacecap hydrangeas). Sterile flowers last for a long time (often holding up for months), gradually fading in color.

Hydrangea aspera

From eastern Asia, this imposing shrub grows to 10–12 ft. tall, spreading nearly as wide. Dark green, somewhat hairy leaves reach 10 in. long and 4 in.wide. Rather flat, 10-in. flower clusters contain purplish white to pink fertile flowers surrounded by 1-in. white, pink, or purple sterile blooms.

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