9 responses to “Hydrangea robusta”

  1. judy

    I am no botanist, but I have had plenty of Hydrandeas in my southern hometown of Mobile, Al. and have seen them scattered over the Southeast. This photo must be of a different variety than grown in the southeastern U.S.? It bears no resemblance to that which I am familiar.
    curious,
    judy sells

  2. Matt

    Judy:
    Many of the Hydrangeas you are probably familiar with in the southeast would be one of the many hundreds of cultivated varieties, many of those derived from the species Hydrangea macrophylla. The large “mophead” clusters of blooms of those plants are composed largely of sterile flowers. (Soil pH is a factor in the color of the bloom in those varieties, with acidic soils generally resulting in blue flowers.) What look like petals are bracts which surround the actual flower.
    These plants have been bred to favor those with the largest, showiest flower heads. There are many other varieties and species of Hydrangea, some with showy blooms, others much more inconspicous ones.
    -Matt

  3. judy

    thank you for clearing that up!

  4. matt

    You’re welcome. Hope it wasn’t too much information!

  5. Brandi

    once again I thank my Lord for the beauty and rich color he allows me to see and enjoy every day

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks Matt.

  7. Jeremy Cherfas

    I thank Daniel and the other hard-working people who make this site possible and allow me to enjoy it and other beauties.

  8. Adam Woodhams

    I wonder if the hydra may not actually be a reference to the multiple seed heads therefore Hydra the many headed beast of Greek mythology?

  9. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    I much prefer this variety (and the others with less conspicuous blooms), to the heavy ‘mophead’ types. This particular one, with the lilac and white, is especially nice.

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