Hydrangea macrophylla (Thunb.) Ser., Prodr. 4: 15 1830. (syn. Hortensia japonica J.F.Gmel. (Unresolved); Hortensia mutabilis Schneev. (Unresolved); Hortensia nigra Carrière (Unresolved); Hortensia opuloides Lam.; Hortensia rosea Desf. (Unresolved); Hortensia speciosa Pers. (Unresolved); Hydrangea azisai Siebold (Unresolved); Hydrangea belzonii Siebold & Zucc. (Unresolved); Hydrangea buergeri Siebold & Zucc. (Unresolved); Hydrangea cyanoclada G.Nicholson (Unresolved); Hydrangea florida Salisb. (Unresolved); Hydrangea hortensia Siebold .; Hydrangea hortensis Sm.; Hydrangea japonica Siebold (Unresolved); Hydrangea macrophylla f. otaksa (Siebold & Zucc.) E.H. Wilson .; Hydrangea mandshurica Dippel (Unresolved); Hydrangea maritima Haw.-Booth; Hydrangea mutabilis Steud. (Unresolved); Hydrangea nigra Dippel (Unresolved); Hydrangea opuloides (Lam.) K.Koch ..; Hydrangea otaksa Siebold & Zucc.; Hydrangea sieboldii Dippel (Unresolved); Hydrangea sitsitan Siebold (Unresolved); Hydrangea stellata Siebold & Zucc. (Unresolved); Primula mutabilis Lour. (Unresolved); Viburnum macrophyllum Thunb.;                    Hydrangea japonica f. hortensia Regel; Hydrangea macrophylla f. hortensia (Regel) Rehder);
Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Lacecap Hydrangea, Mophead Hydrangea, Penny Mac, Hortensia, • Manipuri: থামাপনসাপী লৈ Thamapansapi lei;

Hydrangea macrophylla is a species of flowering plant in the family Hydrangeaceae, native to Japan. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 2 m (7 ft) tall by 2.5 m (8 ft) broad with large heads of pink or blue flowers in summer and autumn.[1] Common names include bigleaf hydrangea, French hydrangea, lacecap hydrangea, mophead hydrangea, penny mac and hortensia. It is widely cultivated in many parts of the world in many climates. It is not to be confused with H. aspera ‘Macrophylla’.

The term macrophylla means large- or long-leaved.[2] The opposite leaves can grow to 15 cm (6 in) in length. They are simple, membranous, orbicular to elliptic and acuminate. They are generally serrated.
The inflorescence of Hydrangea macrophylla is a corymb, with all flowers placed in a plane or a hemisphere or even a whole sphere in cultivated forms. Two distinct types of flowers can be identified: central non-ornamental fertile flowers and peripheral ornamental flowers, usually described as “sterile”. A study of several cultivars showed that all the flowers were fertile but the non-ornamental flowers were pentamers while the decorative flowers were tetramers. The four sepals of decorative flowers have colors ranging from pale pink to red fuchsia purple to blue. The non-decorative flowers have five small greenish sepals and five small petals. Flowering lasts from early summer to early winter. The fruit is a subglobose capsule.
In climates where Hydrangea macrophylla flowers, place in a mixed shrub border or at the back of a flower bed. Its rich foliage and large size make it a wonderful background for white or light colored flowers, even tall growing perennials and annuals. In warm climates H. macrophylla is good for adding a splash of early summer color to shady areas and woodland gardens. Minimal pruning is recommended for most prolific flowering. Flowers are easily air dried and are long lasting.
(from Wikipedia on 25.6.17)

Request for ID of HP Flora – indiantreepix | Google Groups :
This particular plnat was seen growing at an altitude of about 2100 mtrs. It was a shrub. Plz help with the identification

Mountain Hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata var. acuminata)

Probably Hydrangea arborescens

I think the currently accepted name of Mountain Hydrangea is Hydrangea macrophylla ssp. serrata
Hydrangea arborescens, which … pointed out, also has closely similar flowers. But I think the flowers are all white there.

…, you are perhaps more accurate.

image of a beautiful flower shot in the hills of Buxa Tiger Reserve, North Bengal. (8th June 2010)
The plant was found at an altitude of about 1500 feet.

Yes Hydrangea macrophylla


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These look like Hydrangea (Hydrangea  macrophylla).

It is an interesting plant in that it changes its color from pink to blue depending on the acidity of the soil.
As the plant ages, the flowers may turn green.

I have hydrangeas growing in my terrace garden and experimented this year by putting rusty nails in the soil (had got this tip from some tea planters way back) to change its colour – it did – to a more violet hue from light pink.


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I took this picture during Bio Diversity Trail at Great Himalayan National Park base camp, on 10th May,2009.
Kindly give ID .

… most probably this one looks to be Hydrangea macrophylla — what I have at http://www.flickr
…, one of my flickr friend had provided me the ID, his comment: “Hydrangea macrophylla cultivar. This is one of the garden forms with all sterile flowers in the head, which do not occur in the wild.”

A plant with Umbel inflorescence seen in Manali.
This plant is also observed as garden plant in many places including Pune. I think the colour of the flowers is brightest in higher altitudes like Ooty, Mahabaleshwar, Manali etc.

The plant appears to be Mountain Hydrangea
Family : Hydrangeaceae
as per link http://www.flowersofindia.html

Hydrangea macrophylla



Hydrangea macrophylla from Kashmir – efloraofindia | Google Groups : Attachments (3)
Hydrangea macrophylla from Kashmir, commonly grown in Moghul Gardens and elsewhere in Kashmir.

It clearly shows the difference between Hydrangea macrophylla & Hydrangea arborescens var. grandiflora !!


I am sending a photo of the Hydrangea shot at the Chashmeshahi gardens, Srinagar.

I got a hydrangea plant growing in our balcony.  It is a mature one, still it has not yet flowered.  What could be reason?  Is it due to hot climate in Mumbai?

Yes …, hot weather is the culprit. Try giving it shade and good water.

in my garden, though it is seldom hot (above 35) I had to wait five years, until my plant started flowering. Perhaps along with shade and good water patience and good talking to the plant may bring good results. Yes, talking to the plant, in my experience, is really very helpful.
My plant is showing buds now, will send Fotos when it starts flowering. Wish you good luck!

Thanks …, my plant is young.  So I think I will have to wait for some more years.
You are right, talking to plants, even I have noticed some changes when we talk to them.  

The link below is from a website dedicated to Hydrangeas , you can good lot of information regarding the propagation & maintainability of the plant in your garden.

Images by Bhagyashri Ranade (Identified by Ajinkya Gadave)



Date/Time-Oct 2011
Location-Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Garden
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herb
Height/Length- 1.5 ft
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-green
Inflorescence Type/ Size-light pink to pink flowers
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-not seen

Hydrangea sp.
I guess Hydrangea macrophylla.

Hydrangea sp. for me too… dont know the species…

Hydrangea macrophylla



Flower for ID – New York – 091013 – RK – 3 : Attachments (6). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Request ID of this plant bearing unusual flowers. Madison Square Park, New York – 19/06/13 – evening.

A cultivar of Hydrangea macrophylla. The central cluster of fertile florets circled by a ring of showy but sterile florets is typical of a Lacecap Hydrangea.


Identification required NA01/07 (2) : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

Id required for the plant
Location: Thane, Maharashtra
Date: 27th August 2014

If the flowers have spur (beak like projection underside) it may be Impatiens walleriana (Balsaminaceae).

Flowers look closer to Hydrangea … but leaves should be opposite to sub-opposite in that genus.

It is Hydrangea ..
(the picture given for id is of August month  and  the recent picture of April is this.. [attached])
Mostly this is the matured stage and dat young! ? 

Thank you … for the update, now it looks like a cultivar of Hydrangea macrophylla (Thunb.) Ser.
Yes, the earlier photographs seem to be of young saplings, for this species can grow upto 9ft shrub as per info found in the net.

Indeed it is! Thank you for the in-depth information!

Thank you for confirming …


For Id CM160610 1 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Pl help me to identify. They were photographed at Manimahesh, Chamba, H.P.

Hydrangea sp?

The plant is commonly known as “Lace cap Hydrangea” scientifically known as Hydrangea macrophylla var. normalis Veitchii.

Ref. tropicos


ID plant:
I was taken this photograph nilgiris Ooty botanical garden please

Looks like Hydrangea anabelle

Looks like Hydrangea macrophylla only as per link.

Images by Mihir Chaudhari (Inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade)


Hydrangea pictures:
EFA, Pink Hydrangea photos of my potted plant.

Looks like Hydrangea macrophylla only as per link.

Sikkim Flower:8 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
During our South Sikkim tour last October, saw this Hydrangea sp. in the wild on a hill slope at Pelling. Sending this shot for ID please.

Can it be some Hydrangea!!

Hydrangea anomala is a species of hydrangea native to the woodlands of the Himalaya, southern and central China and northern Myanmar.

This picture is not of Hydrangea anomala as per …

May be Hydrangea macrophylla (Thunb.) Ser. only as per images herein. May be an escapee.

Image by Bidisha Bhattacharya (Inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade)



looks like Hydrangea macrophylla a species of Hydrangea : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
i know ive not been sending email lately since i was outta town. i wud like to know if anybody cud help identify this

Hydrangea Species for ID : New Jersey : 16NOV17 : AK-13 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Cultivated, garden plant seen on 18th June,17.
Hydrangea macrophylla?

Hydrangea macrophylla



Hydrangea macrophylla (Thunb.) Seringe ?? : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 600 kb each.
Location:  Kalimpong, WB, India
Date: 10 May 2018
Altitude: 4400 ft.
Habit : Cultivated 

To me also appear close to images at Hydrangea macrophylla (Thunb.) Ser.  as per comparative images in eif site.


Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Maculata’ from California-GS061020213-3: 2 high res. images.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Maculata’
Also known as Lace cap hydrangea ‘Maculata’, cultivar with white margined green leaves.
Photographed from Fremont, California, 17-7-2019.