Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Mophead
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Frillibet'

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

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

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Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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Regional

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

Baltimore, Maryland

Portland, Oregon

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 2, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

From the "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas," (Van Gelderen -2004), " A large and robust shrub up to 5'. The corymbs are globular and frilly looking. The sepals open unevenly, from cream through pale blue to blue. Of course this is not the case in alkaline soil. This cultivar is a branch sport of the well-known 'Madame Emile Mouillere', but despite its beauty is rarely available in the trade. According to an anecdote, the late Princess Margaret of England called her sister, Queen Elizabeth, Frillibet in her childhood. Selected by Michael Haworth-Booth in the 1950s (UK)."

Blooms early and lasts well into fall. Sepals flip upside down late in the season. No hardiness zone noted.