I bought this beautiful hydrangea at the local flea market. There is no name on it, but I just love the flowers, so have added it to my garden. I paid $6.00 for it in a 1 gallon pot. I also got a red flowered Christmas cactus for $5.00 in a gallon pot. I need to repot both as they are root bound somewhat. The hydrangea is now in a 1/2 wine barrel and can grow there for years. I will go out to the nursery tomorrow and find a nice planter for the Christmas cactus and keep it on the front porch.
Luis - please correct me if I'm wrong: I thought the white flowering Fuji Waterfall and Shooting Star were the two very similar (if not the exact same plant) while Izo No Hana* is either pink or blue - http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/49256/
*My Izo No Hana was purchased for me at Heronswood as Izo No Hanabi shortly before they closed.
Hanabi and Shooting Star are the same plant. Fuji Waterfall is a similar shrub. Izo no hana is also similar but the pink/blue florets are colored and tend to grow in all directions instead of sometimes clustering.
I think Heronswood may be calling it by the wrong name...a little googling didn't turn up anyone else mentioning a cultivar by that name, so I suspect it's just a mislabeled Izu No Hana. (I bought my Izu No Hana from Heronswood shortly before they were sold)
Thanks, Ecrane. I doubt it's a misspelling but I will contact Heronswood to find out more information.
Kristen Van Hoose of Hydrangeas Plus replied to my Email as follows:
I haven't heard of Izu No Hanabi. It's not in the books on hydrangeas nor have my international sources heard of it. I did see it on Heronswood site but there wasn't a lot of detail. From the pictures on Heronswood, I would say no, these are not the same cultivar.
The Izu peninsula of Japan is a hot spot for hydrangea breeding and discovery of new varieties. It is possible it is a unique variety that only Heronswood carries.
Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. If you would like, send me a picture of both in bloom and I can try to verify they are different.
I have a Izu No Hana and it was very expensive and has not bloomed since I bought it in 2008. I did buy it in bloom and was in love with the metallic colors! wow! I've put in in a big pot and am moving it around to see what it wants. It burns with the least bit too much sun. It is in a nice filtered sun spot and putting out a lot of new growth so I am hopeful.
well, Heronswood sure shows them as two different flowers. My Hana was $45 and the most I've ever paid for a hydrangea and it was gorgeous when I bought it. Now if I could only get it to BLOOM! This year everything else I have in the hydrangea family is blooming its heart out - the Shooting Stars are huge - blooms about 12" across and all the serratas are gorgeous... I have a Midnight Duchess that is covered with blooms but that Hana sits there and nada.