Mophead hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Altona'

Mophead hydrangea - Hydrangea macrophylla  'Altona'

Common Name: Mophead hydrangea
Genus: Hydrangea
Species: macrophylla
Cultivar: 'Altona'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies; the flower-heads make excellent dried flower arrangements

Large heads of rich-pink to dark purple-blue flowers from July to August and coarsely toothed dark green leaves. This compact hortensia hydrangea is perfect for where border space is limited. Best in partial shade, on neutral soils a 'blueing compound' may be applied every 7-14 days to produce blue flowers.

  • Garden care:To enhance flowering prune in spring cutting back the flowered stems to a strong pair of buds below each flower-head. Once established remove a quarter to a third of the old shoots to the base of the plant

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