Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Bigleaf Hydrangea, Lacecap
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Shooting Star'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Shooting Star

» View all varieties of Hydrangeas

20 members have or want this plant for trade.

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Medium Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Click thumbnail
to view:

By ecrane3
Thumbnail #1 of Hydrangea macrophylla by ecrane3

By victorianblu
Thumbnail #2 of Hydrangea macrophylla by victorianblu

By ecrane3
Thumbnail #3 of Hydrangea macrophylla by ecrane3

By CaptMicha
Thumbnail #4 of Hydrangea macrophylla by CaptMicha

By CaptMicha
Thumbnail #5 of Hydrangea macrophylla by CaptMicha

By ladyannne
Thumbnail #6 of Hydrangea macrophylla by ladyannne

By victorianblu
Thumbnail #7 of Hydrangea macrophylla by victorianblu

There are a total of 10 photos.
Click here to view them all!


5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jillybean78 On Jul 28, 2011, jillybean78 from Manhattan Beach, CA wrote:

I planted three of these in my garden. One was a gift and the others are from Trader Joe's (only place I could find them). They are three years old and they are very large and magnificent.

Positive jerry31557 On Oct 1, 2009, jerry31557 from Patterson, GA wrote:

I have one plant that is about 50 years old and still going strong. It is quite different and beautiful. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Positive LynnBia On Jul 5, 2008, LynnBia from Mint Hill, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought this at Harris Teeter (groc store) in Mint Hill, NC, zone 7.5. I thought it was beautiful, but I lost the info tag and wasn't sure if it'd be hardy here, so I kept it under grow lights last winter, and it did fine, of course. Then I thought, what the heck, and planted it in the ground this spring. It is blooming now and is absolutely gorgeous, and I think with some good mulching, it'll survive our (getting warmer) winters. We'll see.

Neutral yotedog On Feb 26, 2008, yotedog from Raleigh, NC wrote:

There was a debate long ago on the Hydrangea forum about the "real" cultivar name for Shooting Star. The confusion arose because of several look-a-like plants ('Hanabi' 'Fuji Waterfall' 'Hayes Starburst'and 'Fireworks') and due to Trademarked versus Cultivar names.
Per Gene Griffith at Wilkerson Gardens"... 'Shooting Star' is Hydrangea macrophylla 'Hanabi.' ** A tissue culture firm introduced 'Hanabi' as 'Fuji Waterfall' which is really wrong since there is also a distinctly separate plant that is the serrata form Hydrangea serrata 'Fuji-no-taki' (which translated means Fuji Waterfall).
Terra Nova also has H. m. Hanabi--sometimes called 'Sumida-no-hanabi' (which means fireworks over hanabi), hence the confusion as to the 'Fireworks' name.
'Hayes Starburst' is a completely separate plant, of the native species Hydrangea Arborescens, found in Alabama by Hayes Jackson.

Positive lunavox On Dec 21, 2006, lunavox from Seattle, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I was given a pot of this plant at my bridal shower and I used its flowers in my hair during my wedding. They are *so* beautiful-- perfect white stars and tiny clusters of blue. I repotted it and it survived much neglect and then it bloomed twice this past summer. It tried to bloom a third time but frost cut that short.

Positive EmperorDragon On Aug 19, 2005, EmperorDragon from Elk Grove, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Shooting Star exhibits brilliant white multi-petaled 'stars' shoot from the flower like fireworks. Shooting Star is by far the longest lasting of all Lace Cap varieties and is suitable for the outdoors in many regions. Special and unique, Shooting Star is bound to cause a stir among friends and neighbors. You're sure to enjoy it!

In its leafless dormant state, 20-50 degrees F. In its growing state, it tolerates 38-90 degrees F, but prefers 55-75 degrees F.

Drench thouroughly when watering. Remove excess water after watering.

In bloom indoors, any light, but prefers medium light. In the garden, morning sun, afternoon shade.

No fertilizer required during blooming. Use acid fertilizer otherwise.

Use peatmoss and topsoil. (2:1 ratio)

Suitable for zones 7-9. For best results in zone 7, cover dormant cane in the winter with a blanket.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brea, California
Concord, California
Elk Grove, California
Eureka, California
Laguna Beach, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Martinez, California
Merced, California
Napa, California
Oak View, California
Sacramento, California
San Anselmo, California
San Jose, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Fort White, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Douglasville, Georgia
Patterson, Georgia
Prospect, Kentucky
Edwardsburg, Michigan
Southold, New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Greenville, South Carolina
Euless, Texas
Houston, Texas
Auburn, Washington
Cascade-fairwood, Washington
Seattle, Washington

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America