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French Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla

Plant Data

Order:
Cornales
Family:
Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Flowers in dense clusters of pink or blue. 5 petals. Flowers turn blue in acidic soil and pink in alkaline.
Fruit:
An insignificant cup-shaped, dry capsule.
Leaves:
A deciduous shrub. Opposite leaves, broad, ovate and with toothed margins.
Maximum Size:
2 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
Poisonous, however you would need to eat very large amounts to do any serious harm. The leaves, flowers, buds and bark are all toxic. Side effects are gastroenteritis issues and diarrhea.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Bigleaf Hydrangea, Florist's Hydrangea, Garden Hydrangea, Hortensia, Lacecap Hydrangea, Mophead Hydrangea, Penny Mac.
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, riverbanks, scrub, wasteland, woodland.