two-lobed false hydrangea
A clump-forming perennial with toothed, oval leaves with a characteristic fish-tail split at the tip. Height 40cm (16in). In summer branched clusters of pure white, hydrangea-like flowers with yellow stamens are borne above the foliage.
Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Partial shade
East–facing or North–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
- Potentially harmful
- Skin allergen. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Hydrangea can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, or self-clinging climbers, with flowers in clusters usually comprising both small fertile and more showy sterile flowers; often good autumn colour
- Name status
- Plant range
How to grow
Grow in any reliably moist, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Shelter from cold, drying winds. Dislikes heat or drought.
Propagate from seed sown in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Germination is erratic. Seedlings take several years to reach flowering size. Alternatively, divide clumps in early spring. These can be slow to re-establish.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
None required. Cut back dead stems in autumn/winter
May be susceptible to slugs
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